Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The history of Tanah Lot Temple in Tabanan, Bali Indonesia

Pura Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, Bali Indonesia. This temple is very famous and attract tourists who visit to Bali. View sunset is the main attraction of the most favored by foreign tourists.


Many people who think about the existence of Tanah Lot temple is built on a large rock located in the middle of the sea. People ask why the temple was built on a rock in the middle of the sea ?. What is the purpose of building the temple on the rock that is located in the middle of the sea ?. The questions are reasonable by the tourists who visit this beach.

The early history of the development of Tanah Lot, Tabanan Bali came from a prominent Hindu priest who wander from Java to Bali, in hundreds of years ago. Hindu priests was named Danghyang Nirartha. He did the journey the island of Bali with the aim of spreading the teachings of Hinduism. The journey starts from island of Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara.

While in Bali, Danghyang Nirartha start spreading the teachings of Hinduism, through the edge of the sea journey. He started from the west to east along the coast and villages around the coast. Because in ancient times, the area of West Bali is a dense forest full of tigers and wild animals. So the safest path in West Bali is walking through the beach. That is why there are many temples in the coastal region of West Bali which is closely related to the journey undertaken by Danghyang Nirartha. While in Bali, Danghyang Nirartha start spreading the teachings of Hinduism, through the edge of the sea journey. He started from the west to east along the coast and villages around the coast. Because in ancient times, the area of West Bali is a dense forest full of tigers and wild animals. So the safest path in West Bali is walking through the beach. That is why there are many temples in the coastal region of West Bali which is closely related to the journey undertaken by Danghyang Nirartha.

Some of the temple on the beach was built to honor Danghyang Nirartha, for teaching religion and make spiritual fortress to Bali to stay safe and calm.

Danghyang Nirarta journey up in a village in Tabanan, to be located off the coast and has a very beautiful sea view. From this village Danghyang Nirartha start spreading the teachings of Hinduism, the Hindu religion teaches the principle of local villagers. Danghyang Nirartha teachings received very well by the residents of the village.

But the work done Hindu priests are not really running smoothly, because the local village leaders, namely is Bendesa Beraben, not like the presence of Danghyang Nirartha and teachings. This makes Bendesa Beraben become restless and angry, because since the presence of Danghyang Nirartha, followers of the Beraben Bendesa increasingly reduced.

Village leaders became angry, then Bendesa Beraben expel the Hindu priest from the village. Danghyang Nirartha following the request of the village leaders, but Danghyang Nirartha requested that this place was built a temple. With the power he had, Danghyang Nirartha lift large stone wherewith chosen, then the stone was thrown a bit far from beach, and on the stone will be built a temple. Then Danghyang Nirartha threw her shawl to the beach, then the Hindu priest scarf transformed into a snake. The task of the snake as a guardian of the temple to be built. This was done to protect him from Bendesa Beraben followers who does not pick like him. Then become a temple known as Pura Tanah Lot.

Pura Tanah Lot, Tabanan Bali Indonesia, is almost the same as pretending to others in the seaside. Pura Tanah Lot Tabanan, similar to Pura Rambutsiwi in Jembrana, and other ostensibly built on the beach with the position and location are very extreme, close to the sea, on top of a rock, on the edge of a cliff, in a cave.

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