Tanah Lot Temple


Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali
District - Kediri
Regency - Tabanan


Tanah Lot Temple is located in Beraban Village, Kediri District, Tabanan Regency, on the southern coast of Bali island approximately 25 kilometers from Denpasar City. Pura Tanah Lot is situated on a large rock coral overlooking the Indian Ocean. This place of worship is a Hindu temple built to worship God in His manifestation as the God of the Sea or the God of Baruna for the salvation and well-being of the world and the balance between sea and earth.

The story of the origin of the founding of Tanah Lot Temple or the history of Pura Tanah Lot Bali is very closely related to the holy journey from Blambangan (Java Island) to the Island of Bali from a holy priest named DangHyang Nirartha to spread the Hindu religion on the island, the community also called him called DangHyang Dwijendra or Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh. The leader (King) in Bali at the time was King Dalem Waturenggong around the 16th century AD.

The history of Pura Tanah Lot Bali in Dwijendra Tatwa is explained once when Dang Hyang Nirartha returned to Pura Rambut Siwi on his way to the island of Bali, where he first arrived in Bali from Blambangan in Saka 1411 or 1489 AD, He has stopped at Pura Rambut Siwi this. While in this temple for a while, he continued his journey to the East (Purwa) and before leaving the place he took the time to perform the ceremony “Surya Cewana” with the surrounding community, after sprinkling holy water (tirtha) to the community who joined in the prayer then he left the temple and proceeded to the East, his journey through the southern coast of the island of Bali and followed by some of his loyal followers.

In this holy journey Dang Hyang Nirartha greatly enjoys and is amazed by the beauty of Bali’s southern coastline with its natural beauty is very interesting. He imagined how the greatness of Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa has created the world and its contents for the lives of humans and other living beings. In his heart he whispered that the duty of all living beings in the world especially humans to thank and keep what he has created.

After a long journey Dang Hyang Nirartha finally arrived and stopped at a beach where there are rocks and there is also a spring, the rock is called Gili Beo, “Gili” means small island and “Beo” means bird, so Gili Beo means island small that resembles birds.

At that time in the village of Beraban was led by Bendesa Beraban Sakti, then in this place DangHyang Nirartha stop and rest, not long He rested came the fishermen who wanted to meet with him and bring some offerings for him, and after dusk arrived they pleaded to him to spend the night in their home, but their petition is rejected by him and he prefers to spend the night in Gili Beo because in this place he can enjoy the fresh air with beautiful scenery and can take a look in all directions.

On the night before he rested, he took the time to teach religion and morals to the people who came to him, but the presence of Dang Hyang Nirartha is not favored by Bendesa Beraban Sakti, because his teachings are not appropriate and not in line with the teachings of Dang Hyang Nirartha and this makes Bendesa Beraban Sakti become angry and he invites his followers to drive DangHyang Nirartha from the area, then to protect himself from aggression Bendesa Beraban Sakti finally with supernatural power He then Gili Beo moved somewhat to the sea and he created a snake from a shawl that he uses to keep Gili Beo safe from evil attacks.

Then after the incident Gili Beo changed its name to Tanah Lot (Land of the sea), after seeing the miracle of DangHyang Nirartha finally Bendesa Beraban Sakti surrendered and then he became his loyal followers to continue to teach Hinduism to the people, and for his services it Dang Hyang Nirartha gave a kris to Bendesa Beraban Sakti before he went on his holy journey (Keris is a typical asymmetrical dagger from Indonesia used as a weapon and also a spiritual object, kris is often considered to have magical powers.) Early keris was known or made around the 13th century AD and possibly spread from island to island throughout Southeast Asia).

Keris given to Bendesa Beraban Sakti called Jaramenara or kris Ki Baru Elephant, until now the keris was well kept and pure in Puri Kediri. At that time DangHyang Nirartha suggested to the public to make a temple (parahyangan) in Tanah Lot because according to the sacred vibrations and supernatural guidance of His in this place is a very good place to worship God, from this place then people can worship God’s greatness in manifestations- HIS as the Sea God for the salvation and prosperity of the world.

In 1980, the coral edge of Pura Tanah Lot eroded due to abrasion and made the area in this holy place dangerous for the safety of visitors and pemedek (Pemedek are people who will pray at the temple). So the project is supported by the governments of Japan and Germany to overcome this and to keep this historic temple to remain firmly standing on the rocks of the sea.

The uniqueness of Tanah Lot is related to the myth of the local people about the sacred serpent in Pura Tanah Lot, the sacred serpent Tanah Lot is believed to be the guardian and savior of Tanah Lot Temple from the evil attacks that disturb the holiness of the temple. The type of snake is from the Latin named Bungarus candidus, sea snakes are very poisonous and dangerous, the body has a black and white circular.

This holy serpent will attack anyone who wants to do evil and want to destroy the existence and sanctity of Pura Tanah Lot, but even so the holy serpent will remain silent and calm in the cave located at the corner of the rock near the temple Tanah Lot, even visitors can touch and stroke this sacred snake without worrying about the counterattack of this snake and of course we will be accompanied by someone who understands the character of this sacred snake. Local people also believe by touching this sacred snake while praying then what we want will be granted, a myth that can be trusted or not.

Tanah Lot is a very famous tourist destination in the world, and become one of the best attractions on the island of Bali as well as one of the favorite sights to enjoy the beauty of the sunset / sunset on the island of the gods. Every day this tourist attraction is visited by thousands of tourists both domestic tourists and foreign tourists.

Many tourists / tourists ask at what time sunset in Tanah Lot? to be able to enjoy the beauty of Pura Tanah Lot with a cool view of sunset view, it is recommended to visit Tanah Lot at dusk or late afternoon with sunny weather, from around 4 pm to 7 pm afternoon / night is the best time to visit Tanah Lot because at -jam it with sunny weather we can enjoy the beauty of sunset / sunset spectacular.

In addition visitors can also take a walk and are close to the rocks of the temple area at low tide, but very dangerous and not recommended to do so at sea tide. Tanah Lot is also very suitable place for family holiday, in this area there are also adequate facilities such as hotel, restaurant, sunset terrace, Tanah Lot cultural park, souvenir shop, parking lot, emergency facility, security facility (security) , toilets, a place to relax and also an information center.


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