Kapal village is one of the traditional villages in Bali which is rich in tradition and cultural uniqueness. The village has a tradition of the ketupat (rice bag) war, makotek and Sada Temple supposedly to be built in 830 AD. Kapal village is also famous for its pottery. The most unique is that the village has Beji Waringin Pitu (springs) where it has many exotic and mystical aspects.
According to the stories of local people, the Beji Waringin Pitu is believed by Hindu society as a holy place for purifying all human miseries. As the ritual means, people must offer pejati oblation and unfleshed-young coconut (green and ivory coconut), after which they can perform the pelukatan or purificatory rite at the Beji spring.
The Beji spring is hidden in the lush banyan tree and becomes the place of worship of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Ganges. In this temple, Goddess Ganges is called the Goddess Manik Galih when showing off her mystical powers in the healing field. On that account, the Beji spring is famous as a healing spring which is good for health and disease.
The name Beji Waringin Pitu is derived from Balinese word. Beji means bathing place usually located near a source of water and sanctified. Waringin is a banyan tree that lives in the bathing place area. Meanwhile, pitu means seven (Balinese) indicating the amount of the showers. So, the Beji Waringin Pitu is bathing place having 7 sacred showers of spring under the banyan tree.
The seven showers come from the tributary of three springs. The three water sources are unified, so they become a single water source emerging and flowing large amount of water. Interestingly, the seven showers are not the ordinary ones, but a place for performing melukat or purificatory rite for the self and residence.
To preserve the sanctity of the temple, all visitors are expected to pay attention to the rules where those who are in temporarily and spiritually impure or cuntaka are not allowed to enter. This condition includes the death of family members, women in their period and after childbirth. For Balinese Hindus, they will be considered to regain normal condition after getting purificatory rite in accordance with local tradition. (BTN/015)
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