Thousands of people flock daily to the centuries-old, sacred Hindu temple at Tanah Lot, a rock formation that juts into the Indian Ocean. An island at high tide and flanked by sheer cliffs, it’s among Bali’s most photographed sites, particularly for the mesmerizing sunsets that transform the waters into a shimmering orange vista.
Balinese Hindu will celebrate the Saka calendar’s New Year’s Day, also known as Nyepi (Seclusion Day), by refraining from doing worldly business. They believe the Nyepi day creates and keeps the balance of nature.
During Nyepi, which will fall on March 21, Balinese Hindu will have to follow the four abstinence rules known as Catur Brata Penyepian. They consist of Amati Geni, or abstaining from creating fire or light, Amati Karya, or abstaining from work, Amati Lelungan, or abstaining from traveling outside their homes, and Amati Lelanguan, or abstaining from enjoyable activities.
Hary Tanoesodibjo’s MNC group has been buying up land around the existing Nirwana resort at Tanah Lot, a relatively undeveloped area about an hour’s drive north of the main tourist strip at Kuta, as quoted from ABC News.
Indonesia’s Hindu resort island of Bali on Wednesday (March 8) defended a decision not to cover up any of its ubiquitous statues of deities and semi-naked women during a visit by the Saudi king.
Trump Hotels plans to start work on the resort next year and it will be built on a clifftop overlooking the famous 16th century Hindu temple, Tanah Lot.
Hindu-majority Denpasar has been named one of Indonesia’s “most Islamic cities,” along with Yogyakarta and Bandung, in an Islamic City Index that survey 29 cities in Indonesia released by the Maarif Institute.
The Jakarta Post reports the religious leaders and high priests of The Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI) has formally issued an edict declaring Bali’s Benoa Bay a sacred area.
Following protested from Balinese people, Bali Sharia Economic Society (MES) chairman Dadang Hermawan has apologized for proposing Sharia tourism be promoted on the Islands of the Gods.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has opposed the idea of developing sharia tourism in Bali, saying it had the potential to cause discord on the Hindu-majority province.
A trip to Bali would not be complete without visiting at least one of the thousands of Hindu temples located all over the island. Ceremonies and temples are an integral part of the local Balinese culture and as an outsider, provide a fascinating insight into the local way of life.