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    Soul Purification

      1-11-2015
    Experiencing one of the most important Balinese Ceremonies by the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali...

    The Balinese, being one of the most spiritual groups of people in the world, have many sacred ceremonies, one of which is Melukat. Derived from lukat, which means purify, Melukat aims to cleanse the mind, body and soul. This ceremony is mostly held after bad things happened to someone, like they got sick, had been in an accident, or simply feel restless. Melukat is believed to help get rid of the bad energy that might be lingering around that person.

    This ceremony usually takes place by a spring, a river, or by the sea, as the Balinese strongly believe that water is the most powerful means with which to restore and purify your energy. One of the top destinations for a Melukat ceremony is the Tirtha Empul Temple in Tampak Siring, which is located next to the Tampak Siring Palace. This spring has a number of showers that are named according to the beliefs of the local culture, and is almost always packed by devoted local people who would like to perform Melukat.

    The Five Prayers
    Melukat is actually a pretty simple ceremony where a Balinese priest, also called a Pemangku, will bless you and make the offerings. This ceremony is believed to protect a person from the attack of negative forces or demonic influences, and uses holy water as the main medium – which is infused with flowers, leaves, rice, and incense and taken straight from the holy spring. Sometimes mineral water is also used for this blessing.

    The ceremony begins with the priest leading out in a special ritual devoted to the God of the Ocean, Sang Hyang Baruna, then followed by a Tepung Tawar ritual that symbolizes the cleansing process for the mind, body, and soul. The priest will then give the holy water to clean the hands, feet, face and mouth three times, followed by some prayers.

    The prayers are said five times; the first is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi, the All-in-One God of the Balinese. The second is dedicated to Surya Raditya, God of the Sun. The third is for Sang Hyang Baruna, the God of the Ocean. Then follows a prayer dedicated to Sang Hyang Samudaya, and the last one is dedicated once again to Sang Hyang Widhi as thanks for the blessing.

    At the end of the ceremony, the Pemangku will tie a bracelet made of tricolor string called a benang tridatu around your wrist. The red, white, and black colored string represents the Hindu Trinity Gods (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva), and symbolizes one’s quest for balance, harmony, and understanding. The Balinese also believe that this string will protect one from bad energy as you are under the constant protection of the Gods. One more thing to note, don’t take off the bracelet...just wear it until is falls off your wrist on its own.

    By The Beach
    Now this authentic Balinese experience is available as a special program at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. This ceremony takes place in only an hour by the hotel’s beach, and is best started early in the morning when the view of the sunrise will add to the mystical atmosphere.

    During the ritual the priest will recite a lot of Balinese prayers, but don’t worry, you won’t get lost in translation as a hotel staff will be at your side the whole time. She will explain to you the meaning of each step of the ritual as well as guide you throughout the ceremony.

    After being cleansed, I can assure you that you will feel very refreshed and like new. And when the ritual is done, there is no need for you to leave the beach in a rush. In fact, you should linger on as a light breakfast consi

    Soul Purification



    This purifying ceremony is conducted by a local priest and takes place by the beach early on an auspicious day

    Soul Purification



    One of the offerings for the ceremony

    You can bring these blessed fruits home once the ceremony is done.

    This purifying ceremony is conducted by a local priest and takes place by the beach early on an auspicious day
    Soul Purification

    One of the offerings for the ceremony
    Soul Purification

    You can bring these blessed fruits home once the ceremony is done.



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