This time I had the honor to pray in a real hindu temple, which is normally not open for strangers or tourists. But first I should start at the beginning, how it came to this.
Our teacher from tourism product class organised a whole daily trip for our tourism class and took us to two stages. First we drove to the biggest heliconia farm of Bali, located in the North of Ubud. We´ve been invited to the owner of the farm, which is a family owned company. He is a later generation and tries to continue the aims of his grandfather and to make the farm more popular and bigger. We had a look about the huge area and visited the beautiful flowers, that are sold to hotels, restaurants, spas and other florists in Bali. After typical indonesian lunch, some of us did the flying fox for 100000 rp, which means to fly on a rope from one tree to another. It looked like fun, but actually I was not in the mood for it and drove with another friend in the dschungle taxi. That was fun! 😀
Later on we drove to another place and took on our Sarongs. Before we entered the temple, we´ve been explained about the meanings of the different flower in the victim gaves, how and in which order we pray with them. Because each flower stands for one of the gods they believe in. It was quite a lot and unfortunately I could not keep everything in mind. When the priest came we went into the temple, which was located at a holy water spring. We kneeled on the floor and started with meditation. I should say that beeing on your kneels a long time, will hurt after a while 😀 then we prayed as it was shown before. After that we took our clothes of and went with a bkini and saron over it into the holy water. It was freaky cold like a typical “Bach” in Germany. We had to go with our full body under a small waterfall and drink the water three times. When we all were completly frozen, we prayed again and took some flowers behind both ears and some rice on our forehad.
All in all it was such a great, but really strange experience. We felt very honored to had the chance to do it, to get a closer look into the real religion of balinese hindu.