Visit Tourist-Favorite Tanah Lot Temple If You Can Get Past the Holy Snakes

By: | February 6th, 2014

Tanah Lot, a beautiful Hindu temple dedicated to the gods of the sea, is located in coastal side of Beraban countryside. The temple presents a stunning natural beauty that is hard to match. There is a powerful spiritual draw in this place.

Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali’s most important landmarks, is famous for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. The temple sits on a huge offshore rock, which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tides. It is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha.

The temple is simple in its construction and is dramatic in its ocean-front location. This complex of wooden structures was once joined to the Island of Bali, however is now separated from the mainland because of erosion.

The increase in tourism is putting a strain on the site’s architecture and landscape. To refurbish this temple, 100 concrete supports were put in along its shoreline as protection in 1986, but they significantly compromised the aesthetic integrity of the temple and its environment.

Tanah Lot is considered to be one of the seven sea temples surrounding the coast of Bali. These temples form a chain along the coast in the south-west and all seven temples are visible from each temple.

At some of the coral reef corners around Tanah Lot Temple, you can see poisonous sea snakes, which are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. The snakes are in black and white and as per Balinese; these snakes are very sacred, holy and tamed and are sent by Dewa Baruna, the Ocean Power Deity.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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