Pura Luhur Besi Kalung

Pura Luhur Besi Kalung

Salnted Lingga Yoni foretells disaster Pura Luhur Besi Kalung, located in Utu Customary Village, Penebel Tabanan has the distinct feature of being home to a Linga Yoni with a chainlike necklace that gongs when struck. It is therefore assumed that the chain necklace is made of steel from which the name “Besi” (steel) comes from.

Salnted Lingga Yoni foretells disaster

Pura Luhur Besi Kalung, located in Utu Customary Village, Penebel Tabanan has the distinct feature of being home to a Linga Yoni with a chainlike necklace that gongs when struck. It is therefore assumed that the chain necklace is made of steel from which the name “Besi” (steel) comes from. It is believed that if the Linga Yoni slants to one side  it foretells a national disaster.

Head of Pura Luhur Besi Kalung, accompanied by public relations officer Made Subagia said on Monday that the Linga Yoni in fact slanted in 2013 just before earthquakes and volcanic eruptions shook the island of Java. The Lina Yoni had been slanting for a month before the natural disasters and came back to its straightened position on its own. “It slanted in 1932, 1945, 1965 and again in 1998 just before the national reformation”, he said.

The Linga Yoni stands in the innermost sanctum of the temple at the main shrine (Linggih Ageng) .There is a stepped stone structure leading up to the Lingga Yoni  and at its base there is special ‘tabernacle’ where officiating priests sit. This area cannot be approached by just anyone and even those who do so, do not dare touch the Lingga Yoni.

The only person who steps on the stone step structure is Tabanan Palace’s Ida Tjokorda Tabanan, the head priest of Pura Luhur Besi Kalung and the head priest of Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple with permission from Ageng Luhur Besi Kalung, Someone once accidently sat on the ‘tabernacle’ and as Subagia describes, the person was immediately possessed and died two weeks later.

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It is also forbidden to prune the tree that grows next to the Lingga Yonia as it is believed that it is Ida Batara’s hair. Pruning only takes place after a special ceremony held on the Sunday after Saraswati day and the cuttings are buried in Bambang Temple.

Also the trees that grow near the temple must not be cut down so as to give the impression of the temple being surrounded by forest. Even rotting trees are not uprooted. “They are left to rot and are then replanted”, said Subagia.

Pura Luhur Besi Kalung, anniversary (piodalan) is celebrated every Pagerwesi day. Pura Luhur Besi Kalung holds the status of “Sad Kahyangan” and is part of the ranks of Kemiri Pura Luhur Batukaru temple. It is also known as a place to request safety and prosperity. (kmb24)



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