Underwater Temple discovered off the coast Pemuteran, Bali in the middle of deep sea. Temple is very ancient and scientists believe that it was built atleast over a thousand years ago & was constructed in the sea only. It was converted into a Temple Garden in 2005 for promoting tourism. Amazing Building & Architecture Technology of Hindus (Sanatan Dharma) !
Various stories and pictures circulating online since few years state that an ancient Hindu Temple was discovered deep in the middle of the sea, off the coast of Pemuteran, Bali in Indonesia. It is also said that the amazing underwater temple was built about thousand years ago and in 2005 it was converted into a Temple Garden to promote tourism. The claim is partially fact.
Popularity of Site in Indonesia
The site in Pemuteran, Bali attracted worldwide attention in 2010, when a beautiful photograph of a scuba diver entering into what appears like a gateway to a temple underwater went viral on Twitter — as an archeological discovery off the coast of Bali. Soon Jakarta-based internet news portals and television stations ran stories about the alleged archeological discovery of ancient Hindu Temple in mid sea. Paul M Turley, the photographer who took the shot was the owner of Sea Rovers Dive Center in Pemuteran, and soon it was learnt that the underwater temple was a garden construction.
Underwater Temple Garden Construction in Bali
Pemuteran is a small coastal village in a town of Bali, 50 kilometers west of Singaraja, Indonesia. Beneath the surface of its calm waters lies the underwater Balinese Hindu temple with a majestic split gate (temple structure) and statues of mythological creatures. However, as suggested in the story, the temple is not something ancient that was discovered underwater. It was in fact built on purpose in 2005 as part of the “Reef Gardener” community project, as an environmental conservation program. A brochure from Reef Gardiners said the site was “somewhat of an engineering feat”. The location named as Taman Pura (Temple Garden) was an idea of Chris Brown (affectionately called Pak Nyoman), an Australian who has been dedicated to conserving the natural beauty of Pemuteran village and the well-being of its people.
Trained divers built the underwater temple in Bali, by transporting the temple’s full-size split gate part by part to the bottom of the sea, also the various beautifully carved sandstone statues, including an imposing Ganesha. Along with the help of locals, the project was successful in transforming a 2,500 square meters of sandy seabed at 29 meters deep into a Balinese Hindu Temple compound. Soon the ‘garden’ was covered with many marine plants and aquatic creatures like gorgonian fans (sea whips or sea fans), and a cleaning station with schooling baitfish was also incorporated at 29 meters deep — giving the underwater temple a unique and mesmerizing beauty. In 2006 again, a second stage to the temple was constructed at a depth of 15 meters for the less experienced divers to visit. Shown in the video below is a brief footage of the underwater temple garden with Gayatri Mantra in the background enhancing its beauty.
In short, the amazing underwater temple garden in Bali enchantingly combines nature’s beauty with amazing work of art. Many visitors to the temple even celebrate their wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at the site.
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