The Miraculous Story of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple: From Padang Galak Beach Wood to Sacred Place
Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple at Padang Galak Beach, Sanur, Bali. This temple is a unique place of worship that combines various cultures and beliefs. The history of its establishment by Jro Mangku Gede Alit Adnyana is unique, the story is magical, and the location is strategic. The equipment and procedures of the ceremony at this temple, including important places to visit and steps during the ceremony.
Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple is a unique temple located in the Denpasar area, Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple is located on Padang Galak Beach, Sanur, this temple is a holy place that combines various cultures and beliefs that are united in one place of worship. This temple is believed to be the ideal place or location to perform Melukat (a spiritual cleansing ceremony of the mind and soul in humans). Not only performed on special days, almost every day this place is crowded with visitors who want to pray and perform melukat. The owner and founder of the temple, Jro Mangku Gede Alit Adnyana, explains that the temple is a combination of many cultural elements and beliefs, including respect for Shiva with his linggam, respect for Dewi Subadra, and an offering place for Dewi Nyai.
Front Page of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple (Source: Personal Collection)
History of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple
The Road to the Backyard of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple (Source: Personal Collection)
Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple, located in Bali, has a relatively recent history compared to some of the other ancient temples on the island. The temple was built on July 7, 2005 by a pemangku named Jro Mangku Gede Alit Adnyana.
The unique story of how the temple was originally built began when Jro Mangku suffered from kidney failure which was difficult to cure. After trying various treatments but the results were still not there. He felt hopeless. However, in his desperate state, he found a piece of wood on Padang Galak beach that emitted smoke. The release of smoke from the wood was considered a sign of God's greatness, and Jro Mangku also received instructions to build a temple in the area where he found the wood, even though the location was only a floor of sea sand. Then he finally built the temple and he recovered from his illness.
This magical story attracted the attention of the community, who rallied to support the construction of the temple. This reflects the strong tolerance in Bali. With the support of various parties, construction began on July 7, 2005. The construction was realized and now stands tall on the edge of Padang Galak Beach. Jro Mangku Gede Alit Adnyana then went to the forest for 108 days to do tapa, brata, yoga, and semadi. He eventually earned the title of Maha Guru and changed his name to Mahaguru Altreya Narayana. This title is given to clergy who establish temples, such as Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple. The temple was eventually given an inscription recording the date of its establishment on July 7, 2005 by Mahaguru Altreya Narayana. The temple was inaugurated on September 9, 2016 by Bali Governor Imade Mangku Pastika and attended by Ida Dalem Semaraputra as the representative of Puri Klungkung.
Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple has various temples, including Pelinggih Betara Wisnu, Padmasana, Rambut Sedana, Kanjeng Ratu, Dewi Kwam In, Pusering Jagat, Penglukatan, Ratu Bagus Padang Galak, Ratu Manik Segara, Ratu Gede Dalem Ped, Siwa Budha, Taksu Agung, Hyang Baruna, Tajuk Kiwa, and Tengen. In addition to the piodalan ceremony, this temple also holds special ceremonies such as mesakapan pasih to celebrate the meeting between sea water and river water, as well as metatah ceremonies that are usually performed on humans.
Location of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple
Central Courtyard of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple (Source: Personal Collection)
The location of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple is very strategic and easy to access, to get to this temple can pass the Ngurah Rai Sanur-Waribang by pass, then head towards Padang Galak beach which is included in the East Denpasar area, then from the direction of Padang Galak beach heading left for 300 meters to arrive at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple. In this area there are 3 temples, namely Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple, Segara Taman Ayung Temple, and the last Pelinggih Ratu Niang which is located on the west side of the temple.
Equipment and Ceremony Procedures at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple
Residents during melukat at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple (Source: Personal Collection)
When you plan to perform prayers and melukat at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple, there are some necessary equipment. First of all, you will need banten pejati to be used at the shrine of Ida Bhatara Vishnu, and one bungkak. If you bring more banten pejati, it will be used at other melukat sites such as Pura Beji and the main temple penataran.
Usually, the bungkak is already available and open at the site, but to avoid any shortage of facilities, you can bring a bungkak from home and a knife to open it.
The following is the order and procedure for melukat and prayer at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple:
- The circumambulation begins at the shrine of Ida Sang Hyang Wisnu using Pejati and Bungkak. Pemedek will be melukat by jro mangku with holy water poured out, then continued with melukat using bungkak.
- The next circumambulation is done at Padang Galak beach, at the Campuhan location.
- After that, the devotees perform melukat at Beji Temple, where there are 3 stages of melukat, namely at Tirta Darmada, Tirta Dewi Gangga, and Tirta Linggam. After melukat, they perform prayers in the natar of Beji Temple.
- After completing the melukat process in Beji Temple and praying in the natar of Beji Temple, devotees can change their wet clothes into dry clothes. Then continue praying at the main natar of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple.
- After completing prayers at the main temple of Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple, there is still an opportunity to pray at the Kanjeng Ratu temple located to the south (right) of the main temple.
- After melukat and praying at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple, if you are interested, you can continue praying at the Ratu Niang temple located west of the vehicle parking lot.
These are the procedures and steps to carry out the ceremony at Campuhan Windhu Segara Temple.