It sounds impossible but it’s the fact. A toddler that was initially unable to speak, after prostration and doing purificatory rite (melukat) in the Muku Telu Temple finally could do it smoothly. The voice coming out from the toddler’s mouth is like sunshine illuminating the world. Prideful, happy and thankful expression is reflected in the countenance of the people becoming His servants. The Muku Telu Temple is located at Beringkit Gadon hamlet, Kapal village, Mengwi, Badung. It is not too fancy or has no extensive area and situated on the edge of the road flanked by people’s houses and road connecting the village. In the west spread the overlay of rice fields that seems to be transformed into concrete building.
The temple and rice fields are bordered with an irrigation channel used to irrigate the local rice fields. On usual days, this temple looks deserted, just like the other isolated subak temples. However, it is only accompanied with traditional umbrellas presented by pilgrims who have recovered. The atmosphere will be different on Kajeng Kliwon (least common of three- and five-day week in Balinese calendar) where dozens of pilgrims come to invoke safety, especially those whose children, family or relatives have speech disorder.
Priest of the temple, Ni Ketut Marni, said it was called Muku Telu Temple because it was Temuku (water divider in Balinese subak irrigation cooperative) consisting of three channels. One of which was in the middle of the temple and the other lay in the south. Additionally, the center of sanctum also posed a pile of three desiccated coconut trees. However, it was replaced with a shrine some three years ago. “This shrine is donation of a pilgrim whose toddler has recovered and been able to talk,” she said innocently.
Indeed, this temple has uniqueness to heal those who speech disorder. The venerated deity in the shrine is Lord Ishvara. Every Kajeng Kliwon coming every 15 days, many pilgrims come to say prayers. The pathway at the small village is crowded with people. Moreover, when the Kajeng Kliwon coincides with a holiday, abundant pilgrims will definitely come to say prayers. Meanwhile, the piodalan or temple anniversary falls on Kuningan. “The pilgrims come from the regions across Bali,” she said.
In addition, there were also travelers from China, India and other countries. They came to mingle with the Hindu community who wanted to invoke healing in order their speech could be fluent. “This belief has long existed. And I am the successor of my father who had a priest in this temple,” she said.
For people who invoked for a healing, they should bring the oblations consisting of pejati, peras daksina, tipat kelanan, black segehan and white-and-yellow segehan with voluntary donation. At first, the offerings are presented by the priest and then the ‘patient’ is bathed in the river flow. Afterward, it is resumed with worship. This service is available from the morning till night. (BTN/015)
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