Sunset is Most Famous Event for Tourists in Tanah Lot
One of Bali’s most recognized tourist destinations is Tanah Lot temple. Standing firmly on a rocky foundation just off the beachfront on the Tabanan coastline, Tanah Lot is captured vividly on postcards and travel brochures. The temple is accessible on foot at low tide and is a destination that still manages to project some of the island’s most appealing views, especially at sunset. Tanah Lot belongs to a group of temples that are significant to the Balinese Hindu religion. It is where followers of the faith come to pray for the success of their crops and generally anything else that is associated with agriculture. Most Balinese have idiosyncratic superstitions and farmers in rural areas are constantly seeking blessings that they believe will safeguard their fragile livelihoods. Alternatively, urban dwelling Hindu’s often set out to visit Tanah Lot in family groups to meditate and seek spiritual guidance.
February 4th, Tumpek Landep, Taking place on the Saturday of Landep in the second week of the Pakuwon, Tumpek Landep is a day of offerings to the weapons of war in Bali. These include guns or other weapons and in particular, the sacred kris. Family members who own such a weapon take it to the family temple where it is unsheathed. It is then sprinkled with holy water and presented with offerings of woven coconut leaves, flowers, and fruits. Prayers are offered by a priest or a balian as they know the exact mantras. Although on Tumpek Landep it is originally specified for weapons of war, you will notice as you travel around the island or in the tourist areas motorcycles, trucks and cars adorned with offerings. These were thought to be lethal weapons and as such are included on this day.