Apparently it does not fit when watching the beauty of Tanah Lot tourist attraction without being accompanied by the partner. Strolling hand in hand along the rocky beach exuding an aura really makes happy. But unfortunately, there are myths and taboos believed by Balinese people where it is not allowed to come in with a lover (boyfriend) to the place of worship. Even though the origin of the myth is not clear, local community truly believe in the abstinence. If the abstinence is violated, then the relationship of the pair of lovers is believed not to last long. The relationship will be getting looser and ultimately breaks up. “The myth does not apply to visitors who have got married,” said I Ketut Toya Adnyana, coordinator of the temple.
Toya claimed such a myth was still believed by Balinese people. However, lately it was rarely known to tourists who made a visit with a girlfriend or friend. Similarly, it was unknown whether the myth was valid for them. “Visitors rarely care about it whether they go with girlfriend or not. Obviously, no one knows whether they finally break up or not,” said Toya.
Pregnant or menstruating women are also forbidden to go up and get into the temple area in the middle of the sea. They are considered spiritually and temporarily impure so they are prohibited to conduct religious rituals. Tanah Lot temple also has holy water spring, precisely beneath the temple. Such a holy water is believed to bring in luck to those who has drunk it. Meanwhile, across the Tanah Lot temple sits a cave becoming the habitat of sea snake that is made sacred. Visitors can see or hold the snake. Balinese people believe, the sacred snake often moves to Tanah Lot Temple at night to keep the sanctity of the temple.
According to this Operations Manager of Tanah Lot tourist attraction, strange incidents frequently occurred in the area of Tanah Lot Temple. When the piodalan or temple anniversary took place, a foreign tourist photographed the temple and in fact there was a sighting. On the picture the tourist saw a beautiful woman next to the object. Another happening was a visitor seeing the other temple on the high seas. Then, there was also a visitor who did not want to go home. After sprinkled with holy water by local temple priest, it was finally willing to go home.
Tanah Lot is the most favorite tourist attraction at this time. The Tanah Lot Temple nestled in the middle of the ocean is part of dang kahyangan temple functioned as the worshipping place of the gods guarding the sea. This temple was built by a Brahmana who wandered from Java named Danghyang Nirartha. He successfully reinforced the belief of the Balinese related to Hinduism and built the temple in the sixteenth century.
At that time the, the ruler of Tanah Lot, Bendesa Beraben, was jealous of him because his followers began to leave and follow Danghyang Nirartha. Bendesa Beraben urged Danghyang Nirartha to leave Tanah Lot. The latter agreed and before leaving Tanah Lot, with his supernatural power he moved a boulder to the middle of the beach and established a temple there. He also transformed his shawl into a snake becoming the temple guards. (BTN/015)
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