Spiritual Miracles at the Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple: The Mystery of the Moksa People in Bali

The Khayangan Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple in Bali has a unique history that began with a salt farmer's dream, was almost forgotten due to political turmoil, and was rebuilt by a couple seeking healing. The temple also has legends about Moksa, a holy well with fresh water for purification, and quirks such as the prohibition of using pork during ceremonies. After archaeological research, the temple gained official status, and an important lontar manuscript, "Batur Kalawasan Petak," became part of its history.

Jan 16, 2024 - 06:55
Dec 15, 2023 - 14:07
Spiritual Miracles at the Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple: The Mystery of the Moksa People in Bali
Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple (Photo Source: Private Collection)

The Khayangan Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple, located in Pangyangan Traditional Village, Pekutatan District, Jembrana Regency, has a unique historical story. The Holy Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple itself consists of the word Ceng Ceng which means Government or Leader and Twin which means two with the characteristic of having two rongs in several temples.

The history of this temple begins with the existence of Pan Lodri, a salt farmer in the Pangyangan Village area, around 1947. He was instructed in a dream to stop working as a salt farmer and become a merchant. In the dream, he was instructed that the capital to open a business had been provided by digging up the sand dune there. Based on the clue, a keris was found and then a pis bolong or kepeng money. The next order from the supernatural clue was to continue or restore the existing worship there, which was previously a pile of stones. The buildings built were Meru, Pelinggih Gedong, Pelinggih Betari Ulun Suwi, and Manik Galih.

Pujawali in this temple falls on Anggara Kasih Dukut, where many villagers come to this temple to offer sarin tahun or crops. This did not last long because of political turmoil where at that time many temple supporters did not understand about democracy, gradually the temple began to be forgotten. When Jero Mangku Pan Lodri passed away, it was only continued by his wife and family who prayed at the temple. At that time their economic situation was difficult so that many relics were neglected and abandoned so that their whereabouts were no longer known until now.

On April 4, 2004, a couple, I Wayan Waken and Ni Nyoman Nestri, who were sick and not recovering, asked for healing instructions at this temple. The clue obtained was that the Ceng Ceng Kembar temple was abandoned by its worshipers and was expected to be rebuilt. Due to the mutual cooperation of the penyungsung, the temple building can be rebuilt as it is today.

After several restorations, on Anggara Kasih Dukut, October 30, 2007, it was finally possible to carry out the Ngenteg Linggih Ida which resides in Khayangan Ceng Ceng Kembar. After some time, finally Jero Mangku also received pawisik or whispers to establish Pelinggih Pasimpangan "Ida Betari Melanting" and Pelinggih Pengayatan Ida Ratu Gde "Dalem Ped." In addition, this temple also has Pelinggih Ida Ratu Kompyang Sakti, which is believed to be the place of someone who reached Moksa and is considered a servant of Ida Sasuhunan who resides in the Holy Khayangan Ceng-Ceng Kembar.

The story of a person who reached Moksa was originally heard by word of mouth and there are different versions of each story. However, according to information obtained from the statement of Ida Ratu Kompyang Sakti, it is said that a long time ago three people from Antap, Tabanan Regency, were sent to look for ceremonial equipment. They were looking for the ceremonial tool "Bleng" around Surabrata, but to no avail. After a long walk, they arrived at the Pangyangan riverbank, exhausted, hungry and in the dark. They decided to rest, cook raw food, and look for water. One of them saw a bright light and heard a voice calling out. Eventually, one of them was chosen to be a servant in the temple of the Holy Khayangan Ceng Ceng Kembar.

The remaining two friends were confused and eventually went home. They did not know the whereabouts of the friend who was chosen as a servant. However, they finally learned that their friend had become a servant in the realm of nirvana, residing in the Holy Kahyangan Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple.

They built Pelinggih Ida Betara Kompyang Sakti to honor him, and since then, every ceremony begins and ends with mepekeling ring Ida Betara Kompyang Sakti. Later he is the one who delivers or conveys the presence of worshipers who perform devotional worship to the Holy Khayangan Ceng Ceng Kembar. So that the flow of prayers will be sequential starting from Pelinggih "Ida Ratu Kompyang Sakti", Pelinggih Pasimpangan "Ida Betari Melanting", Pelinggih Pengayatan Ida Ratu Gde "Dalem Ped", and in Luhur. 

Pelinggih "Ida Ratu Kompyang Sakti" (Photo Source: Private Collection)

In the Khayangan Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple, there is a holy well located on the beach, but the water is fresh water. The benefit of the fresh water well in this temple is of course for penglukatan. Water from this well is a penyudamala or cleanser from all things that smell negative, especially for people who are sick. Besides that, this water is also used as tirta. The water from the well is so holy that it is not allowed to be polluted. 

Fresh water well on the beach (Photo Source: Private Collection)

The uniqueness or wonders that exist in the Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple include:

  1. Every Big/Small Pujawali is not allowed to use pork.
  2. The existence of a small wana or forest that absolutely cannot be cut down.
  3. On the seashore there is a well that has fresh water.
  4. Rong Pelinggih twin or two.

After a long time the temple was established, an archaeological heritage study was conducted at the Khayangan Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple and translated the Lontar Batur Kalawasan Petak. This has become a bright spot about the existence of the Holy Temple of Ceng Ceng Kembar so that it gets a status in accordance with the real existence of the temple, where the status of the temple became "Khayangan Jagat Temple" in accordance with decision letter number 43/PHDI.J/X/2019 on October 17, 2019 which was officially authorized by the Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia. 

Decree on Temple Status Change (Photo Source: Private Collection)

The Khayangan Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple has also been confirmed by the Regent of Jembrana, I Nengah Tamba. Similar to the letter above, initially the status of this temple was Pura Luhur Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar, now it is Khayangan Jagat Luhur Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple based on Alih Aksara and Translation of Lontar Batur Kalawasan Petak by the Udayana University Lontar Study Center Team in 2018, Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia Jembrana Regency Letter Number: 43/PHDI. J/X/2019 dated October 17, 2019 regarding the Status of the Temple, as well as paying attention to the Pengempon Pura Letter Number 01/KJPSCCK/V/2021 dated May 8, 2021 which is located in Banjar Adat Cepaka, Desa Adat Pangyangan, Pekutatan District, Jembrana Regency, Bali Province.

Inaugural Certificate by the Regent of Jembrana (Photo Source: Private Collection)

Pustaka Lontar Batur Kalawasan Petak is an important lontar manuscript for Brahmana Bujangga in Bali, collected by Ida Rsi Waisnawa Dharma Santika in Gria Batur Suci Banjar Sengguan, Gumbrih Village. This manuscript contains philosophical, moral, and ceremonial guidelines for the Waisnawa Bujangga in Bali. The 69-page manuscript is written in Balinese script and uses the Balinese Kawi language like other historical manuscripts.

A copy of the Batur Kalawasan Petak lontar library (Photo Source: Private Collection)

The Lontar Study Center team has conducted a focused transcription and translation of pages 38a to 41a which recounts the sacred journey of Ida Rsi Madura, son of Ida Sang Hyang Sunya Ning of Majapahit, to the island of Bali. He was sent to restore the chaotic order of Balinese Hindu ceremonies. Ida Rsi Madura brought a number of libraries such as Pustaka Raja, Camuscaya or Sarasamuscaya, Adigama, and Lingning Agama, which were to be delivered to the Brahmana Bujangga in Bali. These libraries are important as spiritual guides. During his travels, he named several sacred places, villages, and mountains, including Pangyangan Temple which we now know as Khayangan Jagat Luhur Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple.

Translation of Lontar that mentions Rsi Madura's journey to Pangyangan temple (Photo Source: Private Collection)

In the previous story, Pan Lodri received instructions in his dream to seek capital by digging a sand dune in the Khayangan Suci Ceng Ceng Kembar Temple. The results of the excavation include a keris and kepeng money which are archaeological relics stored in this temple and have been examined by the Bali Archaeology Center. To reach this temple, it takes approximately 2 hours by motorized vehicle from Denpasar City because it will enjoy a 63.4 km journey.