Invoking Divine Inspiration of Arts in Dalem Petingan Temple

In the area of Ambengan Hamlet, Pesanggaran, lies in a haunted ancient temple named Dalem Petingan Temple. The temple looks so classical and has much inspired the art of life in Bali. It includes in usadhic or traditional healing practices and guidance how to inhibit the Lapindo mudflows. Why? TO reach this temple, people should pass through a circular path toward Benoa Harbor. In the west of the road lies a path leading to the swamp to get through the temple. The temple itself has no compound wall and is situated in the middle of the swamp. Strangely, it has been securely protected by invisible compound wall.

This temple is easily accessible even though located in the middle of the swamp. From the street, we can walk along some five meters toward the temple. Jero Mangku Tanggu is responsible for overseeing and cleaning up the temple area every day. He receives these tasks from his ancestors. During the period of temple anniversary, fifteen days before Galungan, it is always crowded by devotees. The shrines existing in the temple consist of a main chamber as the sanctum to venerate deity Ida Ayu Mas having connection with Pulaki Temple. She is believed to be the source of life, so many traders and businessmen say prayers to this temple.

Additionally, this temple is also the place to invoke divine inspiration (taksu) in the field of arts. Many art troupes invoked such divine inspiration in this temple, said Nyoman Sukayasa, one of the devotees who frequently worshiped in this temple. On the left front side of the chamber occurs the shrine used for meeting hall of deities. Meanwhile, in front of the meeting hall there is a gamelan pavilion. Then, in the north of chamber shrine, there are two shrines, namely the Panglurah and representative shrine of Ida Bhatara Pulaki. Interestingly, under a big tree lies a shrine for venerating Ida Bhatara Lingsir Sidi Ngucap.

People having profession as traditional healer usually invoke efficacy in this shrine. Then, at outermost courtyard lies a guardian shrine. This temple does have a compound wall, so that a series of stone are piled in such a way used as the wall, but its front wall is marked by a pile of bricks. According to I Nyoman Sukayasa and Ida Bagus Sudira serving as mediator of the venerated deities in this temple confirmed the existence of invisible compound wall protecting the temple. These two devotees were often assigned as mediator to inform any instructions received in the temple.

Even, Bagus Sudira often performed a healing service in the temple and most people got their recovery within relatively a short time. In the east of the temple, there is a pond without a shrine. It is believed as the abode of Anantabhoga dragon. Though without shrine, at this location lies a small burrow that often appears used as an augury. Guardian animal of the deities abiding in this temple are black tiger and ivory tiger. However, they have not been realized in the form of effigies. Nyoman Sukayasa added that deities abiding in the temple also had ties and linkages to Dalem Warung Temple located at Benoa landfill.

The deity venerated in this temple was Ida Bhatara Manik Segara. His father abided in the Dalem Muter Temple, Kesiman, having the title of Ida Bhatara Catur Pramana Lingga. In addition, it had relation to Uluwatu Temple as the mother called Ida Sang Hyang Ibu Pertiwi with the title of Ida Bhatara Baruna and Ida Bhatara Rudra. It was Ida Bhatara Rudra which endowed the cessation of Lapindo mudflows, said Nyoman Sukayasa. In the meantime, Ida Ayu Mas in the Dalem Petingan Temple was also said to have a grandfather who was worshiped in Pulaki Temple as Ida Bhatara Lingsir.

Meanwhile, his sibling was venerated in the Rambutsiwi Temple with the title of Ida Bhatara Sakti. Another brother was worshiped in the Dalem Perancak Temple at Canggu revered as Ida Bhatara Tri Premana Lingga and had relation to Ida Bhatara Sakti Pengadangan. Even, Nyoman Sukayasa claimed to have received a revelation in the temple about the best way to discontinue the Lapindo mudflows. His trip to Sidoarjo with other Hindu devotees was so long. He did a pecaruan exorcism rite on the full moon in last April precisely in center of outburst.

It was carried out under life-threatening challenge, but he was determined to resume the holy mission because it was a part of God’s will. Ultimately, he thanked God because the Lapindo mudflows had now subsided. That’s His will, we are only an intermediary, said Sukayasa.

source : balitravelnews

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