Tanah Lot Temple (Bali)

Bali Tanah Lot Temple is located at Tabanan regency and Tanah Lot word meaning is a small island floating on the sea, Tanah Lot Temple is built on a rock with a 3-acre size.

Imagine the image of a Balinese temple (pura) perched high on the rock, facing the wide open ocean. With the crashing waves below and the dramatic colors of the dusk sky as background, lit by the slowly disappearing sun. Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, only around 30 km away from Denpasar. The temple is located some 300 meters offshore. The history of Tanah Lot temple was believed to date back to the 16th century, by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a respected religious figure in Bali.

Dang Hyang Nirartha was said to be the one who created a three-temple system in Balinese villages. Setting the site plan that the temple built in the northern area of the village would be for Brahma, the middle area for Vishnu, and the southern side for Shiva. While traveling along the southern coast of Bali, he saw the little rock island and decided to spend the night. The rock was known as Gili Beo, which means a bird-shaped rock, located in Beraban village. He then felt enlightenment, that this was a holy place to build a shrine. The leader of Beraban was angry and ordered people to banish Nirartha from Gili Beo.

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