Religious Activity : Pemelastian to Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

Active ImageOn Sunday May, 18 2008, at 11 AM perform pemelastian from Dalem Temple Desa Pakraman Tunjuk, Tabanan regency to Segara Kidul Tanah Lot which famous with religious atmosphere and often becoming a temple to do the religious activity.  Pemelastian ceremony this time is referring to religious ceremony in Dalem Temple. Melasti or Mekiyis or Melis ceremony is one of the important Balinese Hindu rituals that are held if there are religious activity on the temple or there are a speacial day. The procession of melasti ceremony will started from the center temple of the village where all the god symbols like Keris, Umbul-umbul, harpoon, flag, Pratima (deity idol) and others are collected and also Tapakan Ida Bethara such as Ratu Gede, Ratu Mas, and Ratu Anom.


The infinite symbols are brought to the sea to be re-sanctified with the sprinkling seawater that is called with the holy water or Tirta, afterward all of it are brought back to the temple accordingly. These events are very exciting and full of ornaments, decorations and balinese gamelan sound. A  coastal have been fulfilled by society that are using its custom clothes with the majority color of white. The vilagers from Tunjuk village doing pemelastian use vehicle about 150 cars and 100 motorcycle, because distance from Dalem Temple Tunjuk until Tanah Lot is so far. Arrive at parking area, entourage directly forming pageant and going to Tanah Lot Temple accompanied by balinese gamelan.


The priest from Tanah Lot Temple and priest from Dalem Temple Tunjuk  leading all procession. Procession will start with saying mantram for all God symbol. Then procession was continued with praying and adoring to the God of the Segara Kidul Tanah Lot by all villager. Continued with praying rite consecutively, those are puja risandya, kramaning sembah, continued with required holy water, this was a religion figure gave holy water to the villagers. Before the ritual ceremony ended, various offerings were discard into the sea. All villagers might wash their body with the sea water as the symbol of discarding all dirties. The religious activity increase the visitor, so that they aslo watching all procession while taking the picture.