|Traffic in Tanah Lot After Idul Fitri Holiday|
Idul Fitri holiday was ended. Now, every people must continue with their activities. In Tanah Lot, traffic of visitor still crowded but like yesterday. According to data, total of visit during Idul Fitri day start from September 18th, 2009 until September 23th 2009 are 53.732 visitor both domestic and foreigner. So that, Tanah Lot as one of famous tourist attraction in Tabanan regency and also as one of tourism icon in Bali. Because, visitor which visiting Bali surely will visiting Tanah Lot. As we know, there was the most spectacular day with most number of visits in Tanah Lot on every year during holiday. On year 2003 there is 14.226 visitors on New Year holiday. On year 2005 there is 15.234 visitors on New Year holiday. On year 2008 there is 14.099 visitors on Idul Fitri holiday. On the same year (2008) there is 15.289 visitors on New Year holiday. And on year 2009 there is 15.107 visitors on Idul Fitri holiday.
Until now, Tanah Lot still fulfilled by visitor. On this morning, still seen many vehicle and bus which come from outside Bali park in parking area. If we look backward, Tanah Lot means "Land in the Middle of the sea" in Balinese language. Located about 20 km from Denpasar, the temple sits on a huge offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is said to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha. The story goes that 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 Tanah Lot temple was then built and has been an important part of Balinese mythological history for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. It was said that each of the sea temples was to be within eyesight of the next so that they formed a chain along the south-western coast. At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. There is said to be one giant snake which also protects the temple. It is believed that this snake was created from Nirartha’s scarf when he established the island.In 1980 the temple’s rock face was starting to crumble and the area around and inside the temple started to become dangerous.
The Japanese government then provided a loan to the Indonesia government of Rp. 800 billion to conserve the historic temple and other beach locations around the island of Bali. As a result, over one third of the rock which can be seen is artificial rock created under the Japanese upgrade works. The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialised and people are required to pay to enter the area. To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a carefully planned set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants are built for the tourists to relax.