One of the most iconic temples in the magical land of Bali is Tanah Lot Temple. The temple is popular for its sunset and Kecak dance performance. Tanah Lot is part of the many beautifully iconic Hindu temples in Bali. In addition to the beauty of the temple the access by going through the beach making the temple itself more unique.
The location that set right on the coast makes Tanah Lot different than other temples. And when the sea water is tide, the temple becomes inaccessible. Tanah Lot which translates as land in the sea is an original Balinese language. The temple location in Tabanan is not too far from the downtown Denpasar.
Dang Hyang Nirartha & Tanah Lot Temple History
Tanah Lot was built during the 16th century. The legend history of Tanah Lot begins when Dang Hyang Nirartha come to Bali for the first time from Java Island. He comes with one mission. To teach and spread Hinduism. During his time in Bali, one time he sees a beautiful rock on the island. He then rests and setting.
Later he saw by the fishermen. The fishermen bought him gifts. That night is one night when Dang Hyang Nirartha rests on that island. During the time on the island, Nirartha tells the fishermen to build a temple on the rock. He feels that this island is a holy place. An appropriate place to worship Balinese sea gods.
The main god of the temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara also known as the sea god or the mighty power in the sea. Today the temple is also known as a place to worship Dang Hyang Nirartha. Not only the pilgrimage site for Hindu people. Tanah Lot is actually the popular spot to see the sunset.
Tanah Lot Temple is also popular for its religious ritual. At the very beginning, the temple is on the island. Shape and build in gigantic rock. At that moment in the island, Beraban village, the leader Bendesa Beraban Sakti disagree with Nirartha spiritual belief.
Bendesa belief in monotheism. He is doing any possible way to extrude Nirartha out of his meditating place, the temple. Tanah Lot or land in the sea is the history where Dang Hyang Nirartha moved the rock from the island to the middle of the sea spiritually.
Beraban Village after Nirartha Left
Since that moment, Bendesa becomes one of Dang Hyang Nirartha disciple. Embrace the Hindu religion with the rest of the locals. At the time of leaving the village, Dang Hyang Nirartha give a kris to Bendesa Beraban. The extraordinary kris has a magic ability removing any disease in a plant.
A religious ceremony is performed once in 6 months. The locals believe the ceremony will increase their welfare. It will give them abundant result when harvesting. And they'll live harmoniously in mutual respect.
Tanah Lot Temple Attraction
One of the magic things of the temple is in the water cave. There is one source of freshwater. The freshwater itself believe coming from the center of the sea and is holy water. To get a blessing from Hindu Pandita in the cave is like a daily routine for locals.
Holy Water Cave
The water splashes at the top of the head and sometimes face. A pinch of rice grain will be put between the eyebrows. The visitors can also get bless by Pandita just as the locals get. Inside the cave, both locals and visitor can drink the holy water or wash the hand or face.
The holy water is also believed can heal sick people and give fertility for a couple who wish to have children. There is no entrance fee to enter the holy water cave. However, for the visitor who wishes to donate for maintenance can simply put the donation in the box.
Snake cave is located in front of the holy water cave. There are a few snakes which are considered as a holy snake. One of the snakes 1,5 meter long and a stripe black and white. The locals believe that the snake belongs to God and the duty is to protect the temple.
The visitor can get a closer look at the snake, take a photo or even touch it. Touching the holy snake is also believe will bring good luck. There is no entrance fee to the entrance cave. But for a visitor who wishes to donate, there is a small box for donation.
Kecak Dance Performance
Another attraction not to miss in Tanah Lot Temple is the traditional Balinese dance. Kecak Dance in Tanah Lot temple is scheduled after the sunset. Almost all of the tourist attraction or temple in Bali schedule Kecak Dance Show. But Kecak Dance in Tanah Lot is really not to miss.
Not only the performance of the dancers is magnificent. Kecak Dance comes with a scenario and funny move from one of the characters Hanoman. Right before entering the stage, the audience will get a paper about the story-line of the play.
The audience will be amazed by the choreography of the dance, the singing, and the trance. Expect to see a danger performance. A priest will put a spell and make one man trance. The show starts at 06:30 pm. To watch Kecak Dance, the visitor can buy the ticket in Tanah Lot Temple ticket booth inside the temple area.
Tanah Lot Temple Opening Hours
The temple is closed in Nyepi and another ceremonial ritual. Famous for its sunset. The visitor is allowed to stay a while after the sunset.
|Tanah Lot Temple Opening Hours|
|Every day except for Nyepi Day||07:00 am - 19:00|
Tanah Lot Temple Entrance Fee
Foreign tourist expect to pay more than locals. The temple charged IDR 30k for children and IDR60k for adult. Entrance Ticket can be paid only by cash. Tanah Lot Temple Entrance Ticket does not include the ticket show to watch Kecak Dance.
|Tanah Lot Temple Entrance Fee|
|Price in IDR|
|Kecak Dance Show|
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Tanah Lot Temple Address & Location
The temple location is at Beraban, Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 8217. Phone (0361) 880361