Zero – Submerged Underwater Temple in Bali. Underwater Hindu Temple in Bali, Indonesia The island of Bali is part of the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia, but Bali’s population is over 90% Hindu.
Much of Indonesia was Hindu prior to arrival of Muslims in the 13th to 16th centuries. The impressive ancient temples of the Hindus can be found on Java and many other Islands, but Bali has the most temples, and the most unusual temple.
The “Devata Vishnu” temple is underwater – 90 feet beneath the ocean’s surface near Pemuteran Beach in North West Bali.
Some quick online research will reveal that this temple is over 5,000 years old, and its location proves the sea level has risen dramatically. More thorough online research will reveal that this claim is a hoax.
The “temple” was actually constructed recently as part of an artificial reef creation project. Coral and other sea life can anchor onto vertical structures placed on the sea floor, creating important marine habitat.
Sea Rovers Dive Center has constructed several artificial reefs with funding from the Australian Agency for International Development. They named the site temple “Taman Pura” or temple garden.
This is perhaps the most interesting man-made reef to dive on in the area.
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