If you are heading for Nusa Dua from Sanur, you will see the Hindu community in Bali saying prayers at roadside. It is precisely made on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai or about two hundred meters to the east of the Dewa Ruci Statue at the Kuta roundabout. Near the sturdy bridge over the Badung River lies a liaison shrine of Ida Ratu Niang Sakti abiding in Candi Narmada Temple and the Griya Anyar Tanah Kilap Temple.
Well, for communities who cannot pray directly to Candi Narmada and Griya Anyar Tanah Kilap, they can perform a simple worship in the bamboo shrines. “The shrine is stuck in the sacred banyan tree. No one would dare to harm it,” said Jero Mangku Tokir, an assistant of the temple.
Jro Mangku Tokir said the Candi Narmada and Griya Anyar Tanah Kilap were equally functioned to venerate Ratu Niang Sakti. Each was located opposite another (Candi Narmada is in charge of guarding the south, while Griya Anyar keeps the north. When people wanted to invoke a welfare and safety in both temples, they would be enough to undertake it in this liaison shrine.
Such encounter, explained Jero Mangku Tokir, caused this area to be sacred. Everyone passing in the area would definitely be horning. Behind the magical aura, this place was also known hieratic and haunted. “This liaison shrine of Ratu Niang Sakti is indeed hieratic, let alone be adjacent to the bridge,” he said.
According to Jero Mangku Tokir, the large bridge with a view of the Badung River reservoir retained a tragic incident. Before the bridge was built, exactly in the massacre on September 30, 1965 Movement (G30 S PKI), it was a wilderness area. Many dead bodies were lying there and they were not buried. Even, they were neglected so their bodies were rotting on the ground.
Probably, such incident caused the bridge to be haunted and inhabited by spirits. “Many people have seen the spirits here. Her face was beautiful and the sighting was supposedly named Regek Tugek (beautiful girl with perforated back). However, it can only be seen by particular people,” he explained.
That’s why every day motorists or car drivers always dropped by at the liaison shrine of Ratu Niang Sakti to beg salvation. Many also asked the smoothness and success in their workplace. “If people come with bad intention, they will usually see the appearance of the Regek Tugek,” he said.
Some of them believed if the holy water at the liaison shrine was efficacious to cure diseases. Jero Mangku Tokir later pointed out, there used to be a resident whose mouth was oblique and then invoked holy water at the liaison shrine. After that, the man gradually recovered. “I have confidence that armed with sincerity and pure mind God will definitely grant. And there are many other stories,” said the man who had paid devotional work in the temple for 17 years.
Aside from local community, Jero Mangku Tokir also explained that anyone could pray in this sanctum. Even, drivers of tourist bus carrying foreign tourists would also stop to invoke holy water. “Especially people who are in cuntaka (mourning period) and getting menstruation are not allowed to enter. When doing it by force, the bridge ‘dweller’ can be angry,” he concluded. (image/ocha)