When traveling to Klungkung of Karangasem County from Denpasar direction, you will definitely pass through the Tukad Udang-Udang Bridge located on Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra. In fact, the bridge sitting on the border of Cucukan and Lebih village is known to be sacred and haunted because not far from the bridge lies a spring.
One of the residents of Lebih Kelod hamlet, I Made Tamat, said the place was known to be haunted. Local people believed if the bridge was inhabited by in a woman figure. However, behind the awesomeness, this place was also known to have a privilege. “Formerly, an officer from the Health Agency came to test the water content. Having been checked, in fact the water was clean and drinkable without boiling. Since then, people began to arrive in search of the water here,” said the man who was taking water at that location.
He told there was also the strange incident occurred stirring the locals. “When the bridge access was just opened, a resident from Lombok was drinking the water directly into his mouth. Shortly afterward, he died at the area of the spring. Actually, local residents had warned if they should not take the water directly by hand or drinking directly with the mouth. They must use a container such as bottle or gallon,” he explained.
Other than Lebih and Cucukan villagers, the water was also looked for by people from outside the village. One of them was I Wayan Tinggal. Every time he crossed the bridge, he definitely stopped by to look for water. “Often I see at night many cars stopping here and went downstairs to find water. Probably, many people have known if the water is nice, odorless and durable. Moreover, it must not be boiled first,” said the man from Sanur village.
Meanwhile, the priest of the Dalem Temple of Lebih, Sangayu Biang, revealed that the spring appeared after the installation of spikes during the process of bridge making. Such incident drew the attention of Cucukan and Lebih villagers. Having been searched psychically, in fact the spring could be used as source of holy water. “Every temple anniversary or piodalan at Lebih or Cucukan village, we will usually invoke holy water to the spring,” said Sangayu Biang.
After the appearance of the spring known to be sacred, added Sangayu, local community then established a shrine next to the spring. In addition, another shrine was also erected at the corner of the bridge. “Every bridge, especially in Bali, is indeed haunted, let alone the Udang-Udang Bridge where a spring lies underneath. I hear that a lot of people passing the bridge often see a big man,” she said.
Sangayu told there was a strange occurrence frequently happening at the location. “Some riders fell down onto the road, strangely they never fell in the middle or along the bridge,” Those who fell down mostly survived, so some of them will then be back to deliver the offering or perform a ngulapin ritual,” she explained.
Sangayu added that so far no people dared to bathe there because they believed it was a sacred and haunted place. So, women getting their period or having a baby less than 42 days old were not allowed to take water at the location. “In addition, those wishing to look for water are not allowed to drink it instantly by mouth but should use a drinking tool,” she added. (BTN/ocha)