Taman Mumbul as Spiritual Tourist Attraction in Badung

Taman Mumbul as Spiritual Tourist Attraction in Badung

Realizing Taman Mumbul as a spiritual tourist destination in Badung is a very smart idea. In addition to keeping the village asset, it can also bring in economic benefits for local community. Just imagine, every day there are always guests coming to make a visit. Moreover, they also come on auspicious days, like Kliwon, full

Realizing Taman Mumbul as a spiritual tourist destination in Badung is a very smart idea. In addition to keeping the village asset, it can also bring in economic benefits for local community. Just imagine, every day there are always guests coming to make a visit. Moreover, they also come on auspicious days, like Kliwon, full moon, new moon and Banyupinaruh.

Taman Mumbul is a sacred place sanctified by the Sangeh and surrounding communities. It has a big pond like a lake with clear water. The water sources from 11 major springs and dozens of small springs around the lake. Aside from being functioned as source of clean water for people’s daily life, the lake water is also used to irrigate paddy fields of Subak Sangeh spreading across the area of 200 hectares.

Chief of Sangeh customary village, Ida Bagus Dipayana, said that Taman Mumbul can be divided into three areas, namely the innermost, middle and outermost courtyard. The innermost courtyard hosts several temples such as the Ulunsuwi, Taman Beji, Segara Kelebutan, Ratu Gede, Taman Mumbul, Ratu Niang and Bebaturan to worship wong samar (supernatural beings). “All the temples have their own function, but in essence they are functioned to maintain the nature and safety of Sangeh people,” he said.

Ulunsuwi Temple is located in the northern most venerated by members of Subak Sangeh. On particular days, subak members perform a ceremony as an expression of gratitude to God for the graces bestowed. In the southern part sits the Taman Beji Temple with three fountains as destination of melasti (physical and psychical purification) procession. Remaining in the region, there is Segara Kelebutan Temple in the form of three-tiered meru shrine located in the middle of the pond.

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In the south of the pond precisely under a banyan tree sits the representative temple of Taman Ayun. This temple was established when making the pond that was never finished. Its levees were always broken. Seeing this condition, the royal figure of Mengwi was invited to come. After that, the levees of the lake became very strong, so that it was then made a shrine to worship the deities of Taman Ayun. Meanwhile, the Ratu Gede Temple is used to venerate the guardian in the psychical ream of the pond.

The middle courtyard of the Taman Mumbul Temple is located in the east of the area. This temple is venerated by the Brahmana hamlet. There is also a Pengelukatan Temple marked by eleven fountains. Here, the residents do self-purificatory rite (melukat) physically and psychically accompanied by the presentation of the offerings. Sangeh community believes that Ratu Niang abides at this temple.

Then, the southernmost shrine is bebaturan (menhir) used to worship wong samar (supernatural beings). “Therefore, we always urge visitors to always prioritize ethics as the region the Taman Mumbul area is rich in objects and sacred places,” he said. This arrangement, explained I.B. Dipa, is meant to make the place attractive and comfortable to be visited. The arrangement workmanship started in 2016. Thankfully, it can be operated in late 2016. Arrangement of the area was funded by assistance of Badung government and village treasury. “The assistance of Badung government is worth IDR 4 billion and village treasury approximately amounted to IDR 500 million,” he said.

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In the meantime, the outermost courtyard located at southernmost area (after the Pengelukatan Temple) will be made into water attraction equipped with a pool of children and adult. Various types of water tourist attractions will be created as children playground. “Hopefully, the water attraction could be realized in 2018,” he hoped. (BTN/015)

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