Where there is a market there must be a Melanting Temple. On that account, the existence of Melanting Temple is synonymous with the existence of market, a premise where traders and buyers always meet. In this temple, people having profession as trader invoke safety. It has become a tradition for the Hindus in Bali inherited from generation to generation.
One of them is the Melanting Temple located at Kapal customary village, Mengwi. This temple is venerated by local traders as well as most villagers of Kapal having profession as trader of shrines along with its paraphernalia. Festival of the Melanting Temple falls every six months or 210 days. On last Buda Umanis Medangsia, Wednesday (Sep 19) was held an Ngenteg Linggih and Pedudusan Alit ritual.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Regent of Badung, I Ketut Sudikerta, Chairman of Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) of Badung, Nyoman Nuada, and relevant officials. On that occasion, Sudikerta put the ritual foundation at several shrines accompanied by temple priests. The ceremony was held after performing restoration and construction at some shrines. (BTN/015)