Holy water believed to have the power to cleanse the soul (melukat) The Island of the Gods has seemingly endless activities for tourists, with nature tourism and culture tourism the Island of a Thousand Temples also offers spiritual tourism with places like Pasiraman Pura Dalem Pingit Temple and Kusti Sebatu Temple known to many people
Holy water believed to have the power to cleanse the soul (melukat)
The Island of the Gods has seemingly endless activities for tourists, with nature tourism and culture tourism the Island of a Thousand Temples also offers spiritual tourism with places like Pasiraman Pura Dalem Pingit Temple and Kusti Sebatu Temple known to many people as Tirta Pingit Sebatu purification temple.
Located in Sebatu Hamlet, Tegallalang, Ginayar, Pasiraman Dalem Pingit Sebatu is one of several temples where one can purifiy one’s soul with holy water. Although this temple is not as renown as Tirta Empul Temple in Tampaksiring, since it was first discovered in 2007, Pingit Sebatu Temple has become quite popular, especially amongst Balinese Hindus.
Sometime in 2007, a foreign visitor was looking for a quite place to bath near the village and found this small waterfall nestled amongst the trees. At the time the villagers did not use this place for purification purposes. The strange thing about this water was that when the foreigner went to bath in the small waterfall, the water changed color and became milky white. Word spread amongst the villagers and the village chief and head priest of Sebatu Village got wind of the strange tale and requested an indication about whether this place should be officially designated as holy.
Believe it or not people who come here to purify themselves in the waters of Sebatu can see the water change color -though it does not always turn white, sometimes the water turns brown or yellowish.
To get to Genah Melukat Tirta Pingit takes about 1 hour from Tegallalang. After reaching Sebatu Village there is a fork in the road where there is a sign that reads “Genah Melukat” on the right. About 2 km further, after after Gunung Kawi Sebatu, one reaches the rather large parking lot that is not far from the waterfall. About 200 meters away one reaches the 150 steps that lead down to Genah Melukat Tirta Pingit Sebatu. The walk down is quite pleasant with a fresh natural countryside atmosphere and the soft sound of rushing water coming out of the waterspouts and also directly out of the earth as it cascades over the rocks.
Before reaching the purification site, there are three bamboo waterspouts with a small shrine where Balinese Hindus will usually stop to ask for permission to enter the site and offer canang (flower offerings) and incense in thanks. The purification site is located lower down still.
Before entering the temple site of Tirta Pingit, Balinese Hindus will pray again asking for permission to purify themselves in the holy water. The water used for the purification is crystal clear and drinkable so it is not surprising that many people will fill jerry cans of the holy water or buy water from locals who sell it already bottled, to bring home with them.
On auspicious days like on the full moon, Tirta Pingit Temple is filled with Balinese Hindus who come to purify themselves (melukat). There are also many visitors –both domestic and foreign who also come here to purify themselves in this water that is believed to have the holy power to cleanse the soul. (BTN/014)1 comment