Balitraveldiary.com – No doubt the popularity of the beauty of Tanah Lot has spread throughout the world. One of the temples on the island of Bali which has the status of Khayangan Jagad Temple is known as a place that presents a very beautiful sunset view. Watching the temple’s silhouette against the background of the blinding evening sky will certainly leave deep memories. But, in addition to the beauty of the panorama, this temple also holds another uniqueness that is worth listening to for anyone who wants to visit it.
One of the characteristics of Tanah Lot Temple is its position which is located on a large boulder. This stone will be submerged during high tide, morning to evening. This is what makes Tanah Lot Temple in the daytime as if separated from the mainland of Bali. This is in accordance with the meaning of “Tanah Lot”. In Balinese, “Tanah Lot” means land in the middle of the sea. Because of this uniqueness, Tanah Lot Temple is visited by tourists, especially in the afternoon.
When the seawater recedes, you will see a small cave opposite the temple. This cave is said to be a place where sea snakes live as trustees of Tanah Lot Temple. In this cave, visitors can see a large snake guarded by a handler – as part of local attractions. Visitors can pet the snake and ask for their luck by making a voluntary donation.
Another attraction that attracts the attention of visitors is the ritual of purification in the holy water source which is located just below the Tanah Lot Temple. Here, visitors can wash their faces, drink holy water, and receive a kind of blessing ritual from the temple caretakers. The visitors will get a splash of water that has been cast a spell, sprinkled bija on the forehead, and put flowers on the ears. By going through all the processions, visitors are considered to have undergone ritual purification and can touch the staircase area of the temple, although it is still forbidden to enter the inside of the temple.
For photography lovers, the end of the evening is the time to capture the sunset panorama. The right position is needed to produce beautiful and satisfying photos. There are many choices of observation points to try, but one of the best is from the top of the cliff on the east side of Tanah Lot Temple. The visitors can adjust the position of observation in the cliff yard filled with tables provided by local stalls. Accompanied by a plate of fresh young coconut ice, a beautiful panorama of the sunset can be immortalized while relaxing unwind.
Witness the Exclamation of the Barapan Kebo Tradition in West Sumbawa