BALI BLESSING, AN AUTHENTIC WAY OF TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCE

GOA GAJAH – BLESSING TIRTA EMPUL – KINTAMANI – PENGLIPURAN – 8 Hours (L)

A beautiful way to experience a spiritual journey of local tradition, today trip will start by visiting an ancient site of Goa Gajah, probably takes its name from the nearby Sungai Petanu, which at one time was known as Elephant River, or perhaps because the face over the cave entrance might resemble an elephant. Goa Gajah is an archaeological complex with historical significance, great for a brief stopover on tours to the Ubud region. It was initially built as a site for meditation, dating back to the 11th century. Sites include relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings.

A Bali blessing is a spiritual ritual that is part of local tradition custom consisting of a purification, welcoming of good energy from the cosmos to purify the soul and to rinse body of negative energy and bad characteristics.

With offering placed at the ritual location, while the individual performing the ceremony chants mantras in ancient Sanskrit. The offerings are essential as restores balance, and ensures the bad energy carried from our past life (bad karma) is washed away with the Spirit’s blessing. Accompanied by a guide, we will take you to Tirta Empul water temple at Tampak Siring, where you can immerse yourself in its sacred waters. As we enter Tirta Empul, we can hear the flow of water freefalling from ancient fountains and the murmurs of Balinese tongues across the open, sacred site. As seen in other world religions, where water plays an important and symbolic role inreligious ritual, ceremony and worship, Bali is no exception. Bali location Water plays a vital role in Balinese life. This Bali water temple purification ceremony uses holy spring water to cleanse the spirit. We will begin with incense to purify and cleanse the body, a ritual we perform regularly in Bali to cleanse our bodies and spirits. We are further purified using various offerings including the sprinkling of blessed water to purify the body. The ceremony concludes with a prayer and blessing from the holy priest in the inner temple, where you are invited to receive the water over your head and body in what is referred to as a holy shower.

After lunch on a beautiful overlooking Mt. Batur restaurant in penelokan Kintamani, our trip will continue to Bangli regency, lies Pengelipuran village well-known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75 hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village. The Desa Adat, a well-known Balinese village institution, has played a consistent role from generation to generation in the preservation of local Balinese traditions. One of them is a strong commitment to the system of `ayahan desa` – a philosophy committed to respecting the land on which the village stands. The village land may not be transferred to anyone without the knowledge of Penglipuran villagers. The bamboo forest`s future is therefore assured. The community members who are given pieces of bamboo forest ground usually fell bamboo trees once a year by selective cutting, leaving the younger ones intact.