Religion and Spirituality

The Galungan Holiday

Galungan is one of the most important recurring Hindu celebrations of the religious calendar when the creator of the universe and the spirits of ancestors are honored. This is when the spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes for 10 days until another Hindu celebration, know as Kuningan. Current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.

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The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end. These are installed by the side of roads.

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Local Balinese Hindus can be seen walking and driving to temples wearing their ceremony best, often carrying offerings of food and flowers.

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TANAH LOT: One of the most beautiful temples on the island

Tanah Lot is one of the most popular (& probably one of the most photographed) places of interest in Bali.  It is a temple located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency.

It’s also called known as Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south.

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It’s ocean-front location is dramatic built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide. Due to its shape, the rock that is Tanah Lot takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea during high water.

Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to ‘guard’ the temple and contribute to the temple’s dangerous reputation.

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.

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HINT:  It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.