The Tanah Lot Area

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The Tanah Lot Complex

The Tanah Lot area has a set of temples on the western coast of Bali. The name means “The Land in the Sea” although in truth only one of the temples is slightly in the sea, the others being on cliffs that jut out into the sea.

The presiding deity is Dewa Baruna, the god of the sea, and is one of the seven sea temples along the Balinese coast. The temples are located in Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan. The main temple is believed to be founded by Dang Hyang Nirartha, who helped spread Hinduism from Java to Bali, and founded a number of temples.

Nearby is the Pura Pakendungun, which is a beautiful temple set in gardens, that is not much visited. See below.

001 Split Gateway

1 Split Gateway

002 Gate Guardian

2 Gate Guardian

003 Gate Guardian

3 Gate Guardian

The first two panoramas are views from the Bay between Pura Enjung Galuh and Pura Batu Balong. The 3rd one is taken north of Pura Luhur Tanah Lot.


004 Pura Batu Balong

4 Pura Batu Balong

005 Pura Batu Balong

5 Pura Batu Balong

006 Coastline beyond Pura Batu Balong

6 Coastline beyond Pura Batu Balong

007 Pura Enjung Galuh

7 Pura Enjung Galuh

008 Pura Enjung Galuh

8 Pura Enjung Galuh

009 Pura Enjung Galuh

9 Pura Enjung Galuh

010 Beyond Pura Enjung Galuh

10 Beyond Pura Enjung Galuh

011 Rock Formation

11 Rock Formation

012 Small Shrine

12 Small Shrine

013 Empty Shrine from Side

13 Empty Shrine from Side

014 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

14 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

015 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

15 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

016 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

16 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

017 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

17 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

018 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

18 Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

019 Stairway Top

19 Stairway Top

020 Acintya Shrine

20 Acintya Shrine

020 Rock Formation

20 Rock Formation

022 Beyond Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

22 Beyond Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

023 Beyond Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

23 Beyond Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

024 Pacific Reef Heron

24 Pacific Reef Heron

025 Split Gateway

25 Split Gateway

026 Split Gateway and Temple Beyond

26 Split Gateway and Temple Beyond

027 Split Gateway and Acintya Shrine Beyond

27 Split Gateway and Acintya Shrine Beyond

028 Kulkul Clapper Pavillion

28 Kulkul Clapper Pavillion

029 Shrine Silhouette

29 Shrine Silhouette

031 Makara

31 Makara

032 Guardians of the Gate

32 Guardians of the Gate

033 Gamelon Set

33 Gamelon Set

Pura Pakendungun

The Pura Pakendungun is situated only around 500 metres from the coastside temples, but doesn't seem to be much visited. The approach has some very fine gardens, and retreat areas, while the temples are hidden away a little behind this site.

I couldn't find out anything more about this temple, and it appears to be just one of the many thousands of unsung temples throughout the land.

034 Winding Pathway

34 Winding Pathway

035 Flower Beds

35 Flower Beds

036 Sacred Tree

36 Sacred Tree

037 Meditation Site

37 Meditation Site

038 Garden Shrine

38 Garden Shrine

039 Ganesh Shrine

39 Ganesh Shrine

040 Owl

40 Owl

041 Guardian of the Gate

41 Guardian of the Gate

042 Side Shrine

42 Side Shrine

043 One of the Temples

43 One of the Temples

044 Brick Gate

44 Brick Gate

045 Sacred Trees

45 Sacred Trees

046 Meru Rising

46 Meru Rising

047 Main Temple Area

47 Main Temple Area

048 Temple Corner

48 Temple Corner

049 Unusual Brick Gateway

49 Unusual Brick Gateway

050 Meru and Gateway

50 Meru and Gateway

051 Brick Gateway

51 Brick Gateway

052 Tree Shrine

52 Tree Shrine

053 Acintya Shrine

53 Acintya Shrine

054 Makara

54 Makara

055 Ganesh in front of Beji

55 Ganesh in front of Beji

056 Brick Shrine

56 Brick Shrine

057 Brick Shrine with Lotus

57 Brick Shrine with Lotus

058 Guardian

58 Guardian

059 Guardian

59 Guardian

060 Tirta

60 Tirta

061 Temple Wall

61 Temple Wall

062 Temple Finial

62 Temple Finial

063 Inside one of the Temples

63 Inside one of the Temples

Photographing Tanah Lot

Photographing Tanah Lot, Photograph by Vonny Salazar


Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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