Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali's most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops.
The uniqueness of Tanah Lot accompanied by local mythology associated with the holy snakes, the sacred serpents of Tanah Lot are believed to be the savior of the threat of crime and damage.This sacred snake is believed to be the savior of Tanah Lot temple, this snake will attack those who would do damage in Tanah Lot temple but this snake remains docile and silent when in a cave on the edge of the rocks.
Each visitor can even touch this snake without worrying counterattack of the snake and of course we will be accompanied by someone who understand the character of the snake. Another belief that add elements to the mythological of holy snake of Tanah Lot is by touching it while praying then what we pray will come true, a mythology dependent we believe it or not.
The most popular time to pay a visit to Tanah Lot is late afternoon when the sun begins to settle over the horizon and the temple is silhouetted against the vibrant glow of the sky. The site draws a crowd of travellers to witness this magnificent temple scene against a background of crashing waves.
Tanah Lot means "Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language, located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.The main deity of the temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is the sea god or sea power.
In the days of the East Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit, there was a famous saint called Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra. He was highly respected by all for his services to the Kingdom and its people in matter their prosperity, spiritual well-being and overcoming the problems of life. He was known for his dedication Darma Yatra or the spreading of Hindu religion.
During his mission in Bali in the 15th century, the ruler in Bali Raja Dalem Waturenggong welcomed him and treated him with high respect. His teachings spread like wild fire in Bali, as he instructed and preached the teaching of Darma (duty) and erected many temples in order to rice the spiritual consciousness and deepen the religious doctrine of Hinduism amongst people.
Not far from this place, he found an extremely beautiful place which was locally known as "Gili Beo ( Gili-coral rock, Beo-Bird ). This huge rock was in the shape of a bird. At this place he settled for a while to meditate and pray to the God of the sea. He began to preach to the local people from the village of Beraban, whose leader known as "Bendesa Beraban Sakti the holy leader of Beraban.
In no time the news spread of the presence of Dang Hyang Nirartha or Dang Hyang Dwijendra a teacher of religion and made many villagers became disciples. The followers of Bendesa Beraban began to leave him, and he began to blame Dang Hyang Nirartha. He gathering some of his followers that still belief on him to disgruntled and came to the priest to ask him leave the area. With the strength of his religion power, the priest managed to avoid the disturbed of Bendesa by moving the huge rock which he was meditating into the sea.
Then he created lot of snakes from his scraf, as protectors and guards at the entrance. He gave the name of "Tengah Lot to his refuge, meaningland in the minds of the sea. Eventually the Bendesa Beraban acknowledge the spiritual powers of Dang hyang Nirartha, and he learned for him self the doctrines preached of the Holyman and becoming his most faitfull follower, spreading the ward amongst his people to joint the faith.
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 19:00
The most significant Tanah Lot temple ceremony is held every 210 days (6 months) and according to the Balinese calendar the anniversary of Tanah Lot temple is held on the Buda Wage Langkir, four days after Kuningan Day. Before entering the temple, the prayers must first pray at Beji Kaler,
Beji Kaler is a sacred spring which is located just below the Tanah Lot temple, before the prayers go to the main temple they must pray in advance here and drink the holy water of this spring in order their souls to be cleaned and sanctified before entering and praying in the main temple.The festival will take place for 3 days.