>In the days of the ancient East Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit, there lived a famous saint called Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra. He was highly respected by all for his service to the Kingdom and its people in all matters relating to their prosperity, spiritual well being, and social harmony. He was well known for his dedication to Darma Yatra – or spreading of Hindu religion. In Lombok he was known as Tuan Semeru, or the Lord of Semeru. Semeru is a great volcano in East Java.

During his mission to Bali in the 15th Century, the ruler of Bali at that time, Raja Dalem Waturenggong, welcomed the saint and treated him with great respect. His teachings spread like wild fire in Bali, as he instructed and preached the way of Darma or dutyh. He also erected many temples in order to raise the spiritual awareness and deepen the understanding of the religious doctrines of Hinduism among the people of Bali.

It is said that in his old age, whilst carrying on his mission of Darma Yatra at Rambut Siwi, he was led by a holy light towards the east. He followed the light to its radiant source which was a fresh water spring. Not far from the spoirng he came to an extremely beautiful location known by the local people as Gili Beo. In Balinese gili means coarl or rock, and beo means bird – it was as huge rock in the shape of a bird. He paused at the palce to meditate and pray to the god of the sea.

After a while the local people came from the village of Beraban, and he preached to them. The leader of the people was known as Bendesa Beraban Sakti or the Holy Leader of Beraban.

Up to that time, the local religious beliefs had been based on monotheism. In no time, the news spread of the presence of Dang Hyang Nirartha, a teacher of religion, and many of the villagers became his disciples. Gradually the followers of Bendesa Beraban began to leave him to follow the new ways. This angered Bendesa Beraban and he gathered his followers and went to the saint and demanded that he leave the area. With mystical strength, the saint lifted the great rock on which he had been sitting and cast it into the sea. He then transformed his scarf into snakes and commanded them to stand guard at his refuge. He then named the place “Tengah Lot” which means land in the middle of the sea.

Eventually, the Bendesa Beraban acknowledged the spiritual powers of Dang Hyang Nirartha, and he himself learned the ways an doctrines preached by holy man, and became his most faithful follower, and spread the message to his own people to join the Hindu faith.

As a token of his gratitude, before taking his leave, the saint presented a holy keris or dagger, known as Jaramenara, to the head of the village. This ancient keris is kept, to this day, in the temple of Puri Kediri and is a highly treasured relic. Every year at Kuningan a special ceremony is held to honor the mystical keris – on the day known as Rebo Kliwon Langkir which happens every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar – with an 11 km pilgrimage to the temple of Pura Luhur Pakendungan. This ancient temple was built in 1408 AD just 300 meters from the temple of Tanah Lot. These two important and ancient temples have essentially become one, and the are now linked together by a pathway.