BALINESE RITUAL PURIFICATION WITH BALI DRIVER
Info bali driver with pleasure to info about ” Melukat “ Balinese Ritual Purification
Ritual Purification is an important aspect of Hindu culture. It is necessary, in particular, before entering any temple and can be done as a special ceremony for healing and spiritual development. Most temples here in Bali contain small springs, as all rituals include a sprinkling of holy water. But there are some temples in Bali which are situated at springs at these temples Melukat is the main goal of visitation.
The most well known place for Melukat is Tirta Empul – Tampak Siring approximately 1 hour north of Ubud or 1.5 hours from Bali Airport. The residence of the first Indonesia President is located on the closest hill because the place is both holy and beautiful. A big pond collects water from many springs around a temple. You submerge yourself dressed in a sarong only after engaging in a small ritual at the shrine on the bank. Standing in the water, you bow down before each spring, putting your head under the stream of water. After taking a drink from this stream one continues on the next one. Everybody always feels calm and happy after flushing away all impurities from one’s body, mind and soul. After changing from a wet sarong into a dry one, you go to the main temple in order to perform a ritual of gratitude to the god of this place and also to all of the gods.
An other place for purification is smaller and closer to Ubud, being located in Tegalalang. This is natural waterfall with an open temple on the bank, where you can submerge yourself in the stream (dressed in sarong only). Of course, it is not just the bathing in crystal water but the worship of the gods that is required for real success. Because the temple is so small, you will rarely see a priest there. Balinese people ferform all the necessary rituals by themselves, while westerners should bring a priest along with them (If they really want to do everything in a proper manner). We could organized individual and group to bali tours with great bali driver to the place as Info Bali Driver has team for this situation. We will with pleasure to accompany you there, just contact us one or two days before you wish to make the trip.
Source : Ubud Community, by Atma Ananda & Made Mangku