Do you want to experience a healing process without going to the doctor,come to Tirta Tawar Temple in Petulu Customary Village, Ubud, Gianyar. Petulu customary village is not only famous for its egret tourist attraction, but also has a unique Tirta Tawar Temple. Local people believe the temple retains a lot of history and mystery.
Do you want to experience a healing process without going to the doctor,come to Tirta Tawar Temple in Petulu Customary Village, Ubud, Gianyar. Petulu customary village is not only famous for its egret tourist attraction, but also has a unique Tirta Tawar Temple. Local people believe the temple retains a lot of history and mystery. The power to heal all diseases is commonly invoked here, so that its existence is still considered sacred by local community.
Two routes can be taken to arrive at the temple. Travelers can pass through Ubud or Petulu village. The track leading to the temple is beautiful and the atmosphere is cool. Thus, the road is often taken advantage by foreign travelers for trekking.
Chief of Petulu customary village, I Wayan Beneh, said the Tirta Tawar Temple had the power to heal illnesses, purificatory qualities to all impurities, grace of efficacy and procreation. Many people of local village, other regions in Bali and even from outside Bali were also often invoking a recovery here. “People usually come to present oblation and then perform purificatory rite (melukat) in the shower of this temple,” he said.
Beneh said that tirta tawar consisted of two Balinese words, namely tirta and tawar. Tirta meant ‘water’ and tawar or penawar meant ‘a drug.’ In addition to cure all diseases, the temple was also serving as a bathing place of the deities usually taken advantage by people from three villages namely the Petulu, Kutuh and Ubud customary village. “There is a sacred white huge eel believed as property guarding the temple,” he added.
This sacred area had a cave whose aura was good for meditation. In earlier times, when the illegal Toto was still in demand, many people were coming to beg number. Interestingly, most of them successfully won, so that it became a famous temple. “As a drug, any disease can be cured. When the water is weighed, it will be heavier than ordinary water,” said Beneh convincingly.
According to Beneh, there was a tradition that should be followed and not be violated. When taking a bath or melukat, people were not allowed to put on any clothes. In other words, they should be naked. People were allowed to invoke holy water as much as they needed. However, it should not be cooked.
Meanwhile, as the abstinence, people were not allowed to commercialize or sell the holy water of Tirta Tawar Temple. In other words, people invoked the holy water and then processed it for sale either in the form of fruit salad, beverage or other food. “People who violate can experience bad luck or calamities,” he said.
Any people who wanted to enter the temple were obliged to put on Balinese customary attires, a worship-style clothing of the Hindu society. Then, people were forbidden to enter the temple in a cuntaka condition, such as there was a death of family members and the woman who is getting her period.
Making use of the water for washing was not allowed. When violating this tradition, people would be afflicted by disaster, accidents or illness. Piodalan or temple anniversary here fell once every six months on Buda Wage Klawu. (BTN/015)