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Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot temple), Bali

We all know Bali as one of the world’s most exotic and exciting places you can enjoy. If you are not familiar with this island, you can read previous articles about its fascinating destinations and tours. One of the Bali’s precious locations is right this temple - Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot, and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometers from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. It is said to be the work of revered 15th century Hindu priest Nirartha and forms an important element of Balinese spirtualism and mythology. 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. 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 Nirartha’s scarf when he established the island.

A comprehensive restoration programme started in the 1990s when it was realized that the rock was seriously eroded and in danger of collapse. This major work resulted in the actual temple being out of bounds which was still intermittently the case in early 2009. This is not really a hindrance to visitors though as entrance to the actual temple is not the key attraction.

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