Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia: History and Myths

One of the temples in Bali that is very famous to foreign countries is Tanah Lot Temple. Maybe some of you have heard or visited the attractions of Tanah Lot Temple.

The sunset beauty of Tanah Lot Bali in the afternoon, becomes the main attraction of tourists on vacation to the tourist attractions of Tanah Lot Bali.

Tanah Lot Temple is located on a rock, about 300 meters from the coastline. Because the location is off the coast, then the waves of Tanah Lot Tabanan beach will hit the rock.

Because Tanah Lot temple is in an offshore area, then to be able to access the temple will pass through the stone road at the time the sea water recedes. From the location of the rock, to reach the temple, visitors must climb the stone steps.

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In the area of coral there are several small caves in which are inhabited by several black and white striped snakes. This black white striped snake for the local community is referred to as the sacred snake of Tanah Lot Bali.

History of Tanah Lot

History of Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia based on legend. One of the legends tells in the 15th century, Bhagawan Dang Hyang Nirartha or known as Dang Hyang Dwijendra carried out a mission to spread Hinduism from java to the island of Bali.

At that time the ruling on the island of Bali was King Dalem Waturenggong.

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He was very welcome with the arrival of Dang Hyang Nirartha in carrying out his mission, so that the spread of Hinduism managed to reach the corners of the village on the island of Bali.

In the history of Tanah Lot, narrated Dang Hyang Nirartha, saw the holy light from the direction of the sea south of Bali. So Dang Hyang Nirartha searched for the location of the light. He arrived at a beach in the village called Beraban Tabanan village.

When Dang Hyang Nirartha saw the beauty of the beach in Braban Tabanan village of Bali, Dang Hyang Nirartha decided that the location of the beach was very suitable for the location of the sacred temple for the sea god.

At that time the village of Beraban was led by Bendesa Beraban Sakti, who strongly opposed the teachings of Dang Hyang Nirartha in spreading Hinduism. Bendesa Beraban Sakti, adheres to the school of monotheism.

Dang Hyang Nirartha meditated on a rock that resembled the shape of a parrot that was originally on land. In various ways Bendesa Beraban wants to expel the existence of Dang Hyang Nirartha from his meditation place.

According to the history of Tanah Lot based on the legend of Dang Hyang Nirartha moved the rock (where he meditated) to the middle of the beach with spiritual power.

The rock is named Tanah Lot which means a rock that is in the middle of the ocean.

Since the event, Bendesa Beraban Sakti recognizes the magic possessed by Dang Hyang Nirartha. In addition, Bendesa Beraban Sakti also became a follower of Dang Hyang Nirartha to embrace Hinduism, along with all the locals.

Narrated in the history of Tanah Lot, before leaving the village of Beraban, Dang Hyang Nirartha gave a kris to bendesa Beraban. The kris has the power to eliminate all diseases that attack plants.

The keris is stored in Puri Kediri and made religious ceremonies at Tanah Lot Temple every six months. Since this is routinely done by the villagers of Beraban, the welfare of the population is greatly improved, with abundant agricultural crops and they live with mutual respect.

Myths in Tanah Lot Temple

The Couple Myth Quickly Ends

If you bring a couple to Tanah Lot, the relationship quickly ends. Many people still believe this myth. But, this myth feels less appropriate because many couples who come to this place claim their relationship is fine.

Perhaps this myth developed to maintain sanctity so that the place is not used for negative things.

Myth of the Holy Serpent

In addition, there are also myths about the sacred snake of the temple guard. Snakes that are in this place are a type of sea snake that can be very deadly.

In fact, the snake there is very tame. In fact, it is said that snakes in a cave can grant requests as well as the temple guard.

This snake place is usually guarded by its handler. We are charged to be able to hold and take pictures with him.

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The Myth of Holy Water Can Make You Stay Young

Another myth that people believe is that water in Tanah Lot can make people stay young. Many visitors come to prove the myth itself, but there has been no research on the truth of this holy water.

Well, that was the myth attached to Tanah Lot Temple. For those of you who want a vacation in Bali do not forget to stop by this tourist attraction.