One of the best places in Bali to see is the Tanah Lot temple in Bali, which is known for its mystical aura. Located on the beautiful fringes of Beraban, Tabanan Regency and Kediri around thirty kilometers from Denpasar, one must pay a visit to Tanah Lot temple in Bali. One of the hotspots for tourists from all across the globe, the Tanah Lot temple in Bali offers a treat to the eye especially its wonderful setting on the shore. Don’t forget to also be amazed by the coral life which exists in abundance in the surrounding ocean. In addition you can also notice black and white snakes around the coral reef, which local folklore states to be protectors of the temple from all evil.
The Tanah Lot temple in Bali is used as the main service area for devotees to offer prayers and to meditate as well. The main deity worshiped here is Dewa Baruna also known as Bhatara Segara, the force of the sea. One should take the time to look around the temple in Bali and learn more about its history.
Folklore if believed, says that one can see a mysterious animal that moves around the fringes of the Tanah Lot temple. The mysterious animal, which resembles a reptile is also seen on the coasts of the city temple. They say it has no skin around its stomach area and although the snake is known to sometimes have a dangerous behavior, snake bites have not been reported since it is a water snake of a passive nature and not aggressive.
The Tanah Lot temple tends to offer the tourists a wonderful view of the sunset. High priests and devotees say that every evening the sun goes into the belly of the earth, only to be back the next morning. It is a pleasure to be at the Bali Tanah Lot temple while the sunset can be enjoyed, lets just say it is beauty personified and mysterious as well.
Not just anyone can get into the temple. Tourists are only allowed to watch from under the temple entrance. Only certain Balinese people about to perform the ritual prayer or religious activities, are allowed entry into the temple.
According to a source, this place is part of the travel story of a priest named Dang Hyang Nirartha originating from East Java who went eastward to spread the teachings of Hinduism. Until one day, Dang Hyang Nirartha arrived at a beach with a small island in the middle of the sea with parangan soil and rocks hard at the bottom.
The preacher made this his resting place and soon after came a few fishermen who brought the god to the priest. Later in the same place, Dang Hyang Nirartha spread the teachings of Hinduism and suggested the surrounding community to build a shrine on the island where he was staying. Then, when the priest died, the community built the shrine on the island with the name Luhur Pura Tanah Lot, which means the land in the Sea.
The next time you are in Bali, do have your share of partying and fun but don’t forget to visit the mysterious Tanah Lot temple in Bali, you sure wouldn’t be disappointed by this cultural icon.