“Melukat” – Holy Water Purification Ceremony at Taman pecampuhan Sala Temple & Waterfall, Bali

Bangli is best known for its Kintamani highlands, home to the majestic Lake Batur and Mount Batur. Both residents and visitors usually flock the area for the Batur sunrise trek, or simply enjoy the breathtaking bird’s eye view of the lake from the terraces of the restaurants on the area’s higher ground. If you explore Bangli deeper, you’ll be amazed by the regency’s many charms not listed in any guide book – Pura Taman Pecampuhan Sala. 

For Balinese Hindu, ‘Melukat’ ritual is an important aspect of their religious life. Originated from the ancient language, ‘lukat’ means cleansing or purifying. By washing the body in holy water, people ask for God’s blessing to remove negativity and bad energies from their body-mind-soul so they can be closer God and the Divine Power.

Pura Taman Pecampuhan Sala, though not as big as Pura Tirta Empul, is a feast for the eyes, and the natural atmosphere is just soothing. Nestled on a river bank in Bangli’s Abuan village, the spring at the temple is considered holy, for it’s found at a meeting point of two rivers. In addition to the river and two small waterfalls used to cleanse, a well-decorated (in that typical Balinese style) man-made pool used as the cleansing area will easily invite just about everyone to jump in. There are nine fountains pouring out the tirta or holy water at Pura Taman Pecampuhan Sala.

The regular visitors to Mengening are pilgrims who come for prayers in the temples and collect holy water from the temple’s holy springs. Half way down the temple is a small gutter with crystal clear water running through it, where the local villagers bathe.

Take part in a traditional Balinese purification ceremony at the historic temple. Your guide will take you through every step of the Hindu purification ceremony in this thousand-year-old temple: including the making and presentation of offerings, the saying of traditional prayers, dressing in temple attire and partaking in the holy water rituals.

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