Pura Luhur Tanah Lot ( Tanah Lot Temple ).
Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th century priest named Dang Hyang Nirartha, who saw the rock-island’s beautiful natural setting during his travels and took his respite there. Some fishermen observed him, and decided to bring him gifts. After his night on the island, Dang Hyang Nirartha spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock because he indicated that this was a holy place to worship the Balinese Gods. This is perhaps one of Bali’s most photographed locations. Many people flock here to see the spectacular sunsets. On the cliff tops there are also several restaurants which tourists can relax in and enjoy a nice snack or meal. It is believed that there are poisonous snakes at the base of the rocky island which guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. Some people say that there is one giant snake which also watches over the temple. The story goes that this snake was created from Dang Hyang Nirartha’s scarf when he founded the temple.
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