Tanah lot temple is one of the most popular temples in Bali located at Braban Village in Tabanan Bali , about 20 kilometres ( 12 mil ) from Denpasar , the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16th century Dang Hyang Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock, for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods. The main deity of temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is the sea god or sea power and these day, Nirartha is also worshipped here.
The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The Temple is one seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. In addition to Balinese mythology, the temple was significanty influenced by Hinduism.
At the base of the rocky island, venomous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple evil spirits and intruders. The temple is purportedly protected by a giant snake, which was created from Nirartha’s a of sash when he astablished the island. Tanah Lot Temple is a tourist destination in Bali that has been worldwide and become one of the flagship tourist attraction in Bali, by displaying the beauty of the is so beautiful and late afternoon the tourist will see the sunset so if you want a holiday in Bali do not forget to come this place