Monday, January 17, 2011

Tanah Lot

The Gate Of Tanah Lot
Tanah lot temple is a tourisme area in Tabanan city, approximately 20 km from Denpasar city. Actually Tanah Lot temple is a temple above the rock in the middle of the sea. If you wish to go to the temple, you have to go by canoe or by a small boat. But in other hand, you can as well walk through the path when the water is ebb. So you can pass to the temple easily. The view of the sunset is very beautiful, make everyone always want to spend more and more time there. 

 Sunset At Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea Gods.
The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast.
At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirata’s scarf when he established the island.

 The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialized and people are required to pay to enter the area. To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a carefully planned set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.
Check out the video of tanah lot in youtube

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