08 September, 2008

Bali Trip Day 2 : Marine Temple Of Tanah Lot

Anybody love sunsets?? I, myself pretty much love this natural phenomenon. Here in Bali as I said earlier on, not only got the most beautiful sunrise but now the most beautiful sunsets too.

Down to Marine Temple of Tanah Lot is another hot spot to view the sunsets.


It's almost appears in every brochure on Bali. According to the local tour guide this lovely temple was built on a promontory offshore and happen to be truly a perfect setting to watch a stunning sunset.

Due to I'm almost out of energy and somemore having slightly leg pain, so didn't managed to make it up to the temple. I guess my luck not as bad as I thought. We managed to bump up with two pairs of bridegrooms and brides who were taking their outdoor photo sessions. But I only managed caught one of the couples whereby the other couples were taking their photo sessions down the seashores (they even "berkaki ayam" while having their photo shooting), which I'm kind of lazy or should I said due to my leg pain I can't hardly made any further move at all. Sigh...... I know that's what a waste :(

So, I only manage captured this pair of couple

Can you Imagine, when you were in your wedding photo shooting that's got a lot photographers.... How izzit feel? Well, for me I will straightaway acting weirdly, unconfortable. That's the situations when this couples having their photo sessions. Besides their own photographer, the rest of the BUSYBODY CAMERAMEN and CAMERAWOMEN (Including me-lah) also took the opportunity to shoot them as well.) Heh..... Heh.... That's made them more like a superstars than a wedding persons.

Even my dad & mom, my aunties also don't want miss out the chance to take photo with them. (Stunning sunsets also have to give ways.... Lolzzzzzz......)


Tanah Lot Temple is located in coastal side of Beraban countryside, Kediri sub district and Tabanan Regency. It is situated in 30Km in west side of Denpasar town and about 11 Km in south side of Tabanan town. The temple is built on the rock with 3 acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk, because it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. This temple is very famous among tourist destinations in Bali with spectacular view of sunset. At some nooks of coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple there are holy tame snake in black and white color where according to the local society believe that it as a deity property and as the guard of the temple from the bad influence.

Philosophy
The word of Tanah Lot is consisted of two words that are Tanah word interpreted as a reef looking like gili or isle. Lot or Lod word has meaning the sea. So Tanah Lot is meaning the small island floating on the sea. The location is now called as Tanah Lot has been used at a Megalithic period as a place that looked into holy, proven from the existence of menhir. Pursuant to environmental condition, hence the structure of Tanah Lot temple is built at irregular reef plain of its angle which is only consisted of one plain yard as Jeroan.


After had enough shooting the couples, dad asked me to have a random shots of them again. Actually I don't understand why they choose this background. But I'm just as commanded. What to do?? As they wish........ but inside my mind that time was "I just want to go back and have a nice rest. I'm freaking tired!! Felt like both of my legs it's broken. Astaga.......... :( POOR!!! BOO !!!


Function
The function of this temple can be realized from the function of the main temple building which is located in the temple main area. In this place, there is a main temple to worship the god in form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the sea power. The media of worship to this god is the temple building with 5 storied meanwhile the 3 storied temple building in north part of this area is purposing to worship to Dang Hyang Nirartha.
In order to know the status of Tanah Lot Temple can be realized from the temple history, function and also incoming devotee existence pray when temple ceremony is held. In this case can be realized as follows:

-->Tanah Lot Temple as dang Kahyangan(the big Holy Temples in Bali ), because the history and the Penyiwi (The people taking care of the temple) are from the local people from Tabanan regency and surrounding area
--)Tanah Lot temple as Segara Temple, because its function as sanctum to worship the Bhatara Segara, the God with manifestation as the ocean Power Deity
The unique animal can be seen in this temple area is the snake which are generally can be met in the coast. Part of its stomach there are no athwart skin, there is only small skin, but this sea water snake very noxious but snakebite case are very seldom happened, because the sea water snake generally very passive.

What to See in Tanah Lot
As a favorite tourism destination in Bali, Tanah Lot owns a magnificent view in particular at the sunset time where the sun slows down to the earth stomach. Every visitor who is paying a visit to this place will be marveled to see the beauty panorama of Tanah Lot. Beside of this temple, there are other temples which can be seen on your visit to Tanah Lot like Batu Bolong Temple, Batumejan Temple and Enjung Galuh Temple.



After everybody had enough of photo taking, some of the tour members want to take a walk in the night market which was just located down the Temple of Tanah Lot. So we spent for another half hour again. While waiting the aunties and uncles bargaining price, me and Rony strolling around. And continue our non-stop topics. That night we even encountered some creatures as well. I did snap it... Some said it was not a creature, it's a burning ashes. (Huh?? Owd My Gawd!!! I'm totally knocking my head!!!)

So, what do you guys think of it?? What the heck is this?? Com'on... make a guess...


Ok, while waiting the answer from you. Why not we go had our dinner. Dinner with Hong Kong style served by the local Chinese Hong Kong Restaurant shall made you guys squeezed out something from your brain.

Come on, have a guess..... Anyone?? The prizes would be a cup of "Golden Rabbits Coffee" for anyone who had guessed correctly as we will exploring the making of coffee. What are you waiting for?? For those coffee lovers do JUMP IN and buckle up your seat belt. Let's do the GOLDEN RABBITS COFFEE treasue hunt!!! Phew........... Fit..........

1 comment:

talot said...

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More info visit : http://www.tanahlot.net

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