When traveling to the Pudut Island or better known as Turtle Island, do not attempt to bring evil thoughts, act unethically, let alone steal any property. Residents of the island can get angry. Even, they do not hesitate to disrupt your comfort. A white-haired old man with a long beard and magical aura will be ready to approach you. According to Nyoman Suada, an attendant in the nature tourism area, the old grandfather was believed to be a resident (of spiritual realm) in the Suwung Deluang Temple. The temple, estimated to have been hundreds of years old, was used to venerate Lord Dalem Sakti. “In addition to be sacred, the temple is also known to be haunted,” he said.
Other than being evil-minded, sleeping on the island area should also be ethical, in accordance with the applicable norms at location. Legs should face west and head face east or legs face south and head face north. “If violated, or sleep around haphazardly, he will get angry and come to expose himself,” said Suada. Sleeping at the nightfall (around 6 p.m.) or midday (promptly at 12:00 noon) was not allowed. The grandpa could come at night or during midday in tranquil atmosphere, so it would look scary.
Formerly, explained Suada, a grandfather serving as attendant at the local Deluang Sari tourist attraction slept and ignored the rules, so then he was visited by a huge bearded man. “But lately, such incident rarely happened. People do their activity normally, pray together to invoke safety and security,” he said.
This temple still lies in the area of Turtle Island, about a hundred meters from the location of sea turtle conservation. To reach the temple, visitors must pass through a wooden bridge along two hundred meters above the swamp. The temple is supported by Deluang Sari group because it is the closest to the temple. Local people believe if this old temple is very sacred and plays an important role in maintaining the region.
Other than members of the four groups (Deluang Sari, Mooncot, Bulih Bali and Lecceria) in charge of taking care of the turtle and the mangrove forest tourist area, many Tanjung Benoa residents and community from outside Badung also pray in the temple. They come on piodalan or temple anniversary falling on Anggarakasih Tambir. Beyond the temple ceremony, people also worship on full moon and new moon to invoke safety. (BTN/ocha/015)