Pura Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple on the coast in the southwest of the Indonesian island of Bali . Literally translated Tanah Lot “country in the middle of the sea “. Since the temple name pura sweeping every Balinese temple is added, the name is often abbreviated to “Tanah Lot”.
The temple is situated on a rocky outcrop in the sea close to shore . On the walk is Tanah Lot – without getting wet – only at low tide to reach. From the beach you can reach the temple after a 50-meter-long passage through some dark washed stones and fine sand to get to the rocky island. Once there, followed by a short climb to the temple, where a gate barred the entrance to the temple itself. (In the inner courtyard jeroan ), whose access is reserved for the faithful, is lined with multi-story, pagoda-like shrines ( merus ) that the gods of Mount Meru represent. In the case of Tanah Lot protrude five merus in the sky. Access is also at high tide possible if Tanah Lot island gained its real character, because then it completely from the water is flushed.
In a small cave at the foot of the rock temple is a freshwater spring, which thus arises practically in the sea. It is considered sacred and is constantly by priests guarded. Compared to the source is located in the nearby cliffs on the mainland another cave, the Ular Suci. This is where the sacred snakes , which are also served by priests. Although the snakes are highly toxic, they have never allegedly bitten. The temple is next to rice fields of Bali’s most popular and best-known photo opportunity in Bali.
The temple is the Javanese Hindu priest Danghyang Nirartha (also: Sakti Pedanda construction Rau) attributed. He lived in Java and ran as many Hindus and Buddhists at the end of the 15th Century before spreading Islam to Bali . During a trip at the beginning of the 16th Century (exact year values seem not to exist), he saw an announcement for one day a light from the west coast ascend ago. As he approached this light, he noticed a small, a few meters distant from the coast, rocky and acting magical island . He rested and meditated . This meant that soon students from the neighborhood gathered around him. To confrontations with the local priest to avoid, offset Nirartha his meditation for the rock island in the middle of the sea and created in this way, Tanah Lot.
The classic photo opportunity shows the temple at sunset , although it is also the largest Besucheranstrom. The temple can be entered only by believers. If you want to Tanah Lot at high tide within walking distance, you have to fight on the way through the water rather then through the slippery rocks at the ocean current. It is customary to drink the fresh water spring at the foot of the cliff for a small gift of the holy water, or allowed to wash his face. Also for a small fee visitors can located in the cliffs of the mainland cave Ular Suci entered (see above) and can show the sacred snakes.