Founder of the Shaivite priesthood and traveler, Dang Hyang Nirartha came to Bali from Java during the 15th century. His travels led him to the rock-island where he told some fishermen to build a temple because he felt that it would be a holy place to worship Bali's sea gods. The mythology surrounding Tanah Lot and its Hindu temple has been around for centuries, and the site has been the subject of many tourist photographs.
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