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Temple of Pura Tanah Lot, which translates as"earth in the middle sea ", - a real cultural and for many and religious symbol of Bali and Indonesia. The uniqueness of the temple lies primarily in its unusual located on a cliff in the middle of the sea, because of which you can get to Pura Tanah Lot only at low tide on a narrow strip of land.
The emergence of the temple in the 15th century became the source numerous legends, one of which says that the brahman Nirartha, who decided preach Hinduism, was expelled by local priests and, passing along the coast sea, saw a bright light emanating from a source that indicated a place in the middle sea for the construction of the temple. According to other sources, there are no conflicts Nirartha with local priests was not, but quite the opposite, local the inhabitants themselves asked the brahmana to build a temple on the rock that would protect inhabitants of the surrounding settlements from the evil spirits of water. Which story is true nobody knows, nevertheless, the water of that very spring is still considered sacred and bringing youth, which many Balinese actively use, charging for "Luminous" water money.
The temple is open only to Hindus, but it is itself eaten by the sea the rock is quite exotic for tourists, especially during rough seas, when the waves crash beautifully against the cliffs. By the way, it is precisely because of the Pura waves Tanakh Lot was almost wiped off the face of the earth: at the end of the 20th century, local residents began to notice that the rock on which the temple is located is crumbling with alarming speed. The situation was corrected by the Japanese, who replaced especially"dilapidated" parts of the rock with their own heavy-duty"nanobeton". The historical appearance of the temple, however, from this at all not injured. Due to the large influx of tourists, on the coast, opposite Pura Tanakh, built another small sanctuary, in the immediate vicinity of where there are many shops and shops selling mainly souvenirs.
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Topic: Pura Tanah Lot Temple in Indonesia, Bali Resort.