In Bali, all temples are considered haunted and sacred. Even, each temple has its own uniqueness. One of them is the Sapuh Jagad Temple located at Pemaron hamlet, Munggu village, Mengwi subdistrict, Badung. In this representative temple is venerated the Lord Pucak Mangu who will provide safety and health for his pious, enterprising and diligent prayers.
Indeed, the location seems haunted because it is perched at the corner of the village, over the river and surrounded by large trees. There also grows a large and old twin sterculia tree spreading the aura believed to be haunted, so the temple environment becomes sacred. “Every passerby on the street in front of the temple always puts offering to beg safety on the road and at workplace,” said Dewa Suarta, one of the residents of local village.
The temple venerated by residents of Pemaron hamlet is famous for its sacredness, so there is some abstinence to be followed. For example, a new bride may not cross the street in front of the temple and the dead person may not, either. “It has become a tradition for villagers of Munggu and Kaba - Kaba as a neighboring village belonging to Tabanan County,” he explained.
Does this tradition also apply to people from other villages? Dewa Suarta did not dare to make sure. To be frankly, he said, villagers of Munggu always looked for alternative way in order to secure the wedding ceremony. Although the home of the bride was close, sometimes they should cross a rice field or lanes to get to the bride’s or bridegroom’s home.
Likewise, the residents of Kaba - Kaba village located adjacent to Munggu village also believed it. As having no choice, the bride should pass through Buduk village, which was very far away. “Many of our residents, especially those having a wedding ceremony, have to find out alternative pathway through Buduk village so as not to pass in front of the temple,” said I Ketut Sukadana confirming.
Why can it happen? Both Dewa Suarta and Sukadana said that if such abstinence was violated the new bride would not survive. For instance, they might pass away without causes, fell sick and never cured or had no offspring. “Yesterday, I got information that such condition afflicted my friends who had no children. After being consulted to a medium, he was told to have violated such unwritten rules,” he said.
It is said the temple was formerly a simple shrine made of bamboo drifting in the river at local village. Then, a resident who worked as a fisherman picked it up and stuck it at the corner of the village. By local community, it was then built into a bigger and permanent shrine. After a long time, the shrine was made bigger as found today. (BTN/015)
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