|Beraban Villagers Melasti to Tanah Lot|
Yesterday, coinciding with Pemacekan Agung day, all Beraban villager Tanah Lot gather in Bale Agung Temple to follow pemelastian ceremony to Segara Kidul Tanah Lot. Melasti or Mekiyis or Melis ceremony is one of the important Balinese Hindu rituals held to sanctify macrocosmos and microcosmos that was conducted before the Silence Day (Nyepi). The preparation already conducted at 7 AM at Bale Agung Temple as the center of the procession and start to Tanah Lot at 3 PM. Pemelastian in Beraban village Tanah Lot followed by 44 temples in surrounding Beraban area and 5 barongs. Most villagers wear traditional balinese cloth.
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.
Arrive at Segara Kidul Tanah Lot, 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.
About 5 PM, all villagers back to Bale Agung temple, and proceed with the "mendak Ida Bethara" ceremony and return to the "Bale Panjang Peyogan" at Bale Agung temple. To arranging the security and fluency of ceremony, Pecalang from Beraban village always stand by. Pecalang is people which its duty is to arranging security which exist in each countryside in Bali. Function of this pecalang almost looks like police. But its peoples usually selected from each banjar that exist in each countryside.