Discover Melukat: Tanah Gajah’s Spiritual Purification

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of Bali, Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, has delved into the profound sacredness of its lush surroundings.

The resort now offers an exclusive Purification Ceremony experience right on its own grounds. This water-based ritual, deeply entrenched in Balinese tradition, offers guests a unique opportunity to cleanse their spirits and shed what no longer serves them. Over the years, this spiritual experience has garnered immense popularity among visitors to the island.

Discovering the Sacred Heart of Tanah Gajah

In the past, Tanah Gajah sought assistance from nearby temples to conduct purification ceremonies for its guests. However, a revelation dawned upon them when they realised that their property, steeped in a rich history of temples and ancient legends, could serve as an equally if not more, special venue for this profound spiritual practice.

Discover Melukat: Tanah Gajah's Spiritual Purification

Deasy Swandarini, the esteemed general manager of Tanah Gajah, shared insights into the resort’s historical significance. She explained, “The village of Bedulu, situated in close proximity to our resort, was once the capital of Bali’s first ancient kingdom of Bedahulu. The influence of this kingdom extended far and wide, encompassing the surrounding regions.” What’s intriguing is that some of the local residents firmly believe that remnants of this ancient kingdom lie buried deep beneath the village of Tengkulak, and perhaps even beneath the very grounds of Tanah Gajah Ubud.

Adding to the aura of mystique, the Petanu River, one of Bali’s most sacred waterways, gracefully flows in front of the resort. This natural wonder further amplifies the sense of spirituality and serenity that envelops Tanah Gajah.

“Discovering all these captivating stories from our historical backdrop, we felt a strong connection to the spiritual essence of our location. It became evident that our property was the perfect canvas for hosting the profound purification ceremony,” Swandarini further remarked.

The Melukat Experience: A Glimpse into Balinese Spirituality

The heart of this unique offering lies in the Melukat ceremony, known locally as Melukat. This spiritual cleansing ritual holds a revered place in Balinese culture, where locals partake in the ceremony to purify their bodies and souls, casting away malevolent spirits. Beyond its spiritual significance, this experience also beckons those who yearn to delve deeper into the rich tapestry of Balinese traditions.

Conducted by a Hindu priest, the Melukat ceremony unfolds over a tranquil 60-minute duration. The priest commences the ritual by intoning ancient Sanskrit mantras, invoking the blessings of the divine. Prayers and offerings are tendered to appease the spirits, while the soothing aroma of incense and the pure touch of water serve as mediums for cleansing. The water, symbolising purity, plays a multifaceted role in the ceremony – it is poured, sipped, and gently sprinkled. Guests, however, need not worry about a full immersion, although a change of attire is recommended for the experience.

The Universal Allure of Melukat

The Melukat ceremony, offered at Tanah Gajah, transcends boundaries. It is not limited to the devout locals or spiritual seekers alone. This unique experience extends its allure to all those who seek a deeper understanding of Balinese culture, its traditions, and the profound significance of spiritual cleansing. It’s a holistic encounter that embraces individuals from all walks of life, inviting them to embark on a spiritual journey like no other.

Discover Melukat: Tanah Gajah's Spiritual Purification

The offering of the Melukat purification ceremony at Tanah Gajah, set against the backdrop of Bali’s enchanting landscape, presents an unrivalled opportunity to connect with the island’s spirituality and delve into its rich cultural heritage. With the serene Petanu River as a witness and the resort’s historical significance as the stage, guests are invited to partake in a soul-stirring experience that transcends time and tradition. Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, is not just a place of luxury and beauty; it’s a gateway to the heart and soul of Bali. So, immerse yourself in the purity and serenity of the Melukat ceremony and discover the sacred secrets that await at Tanah Gajah.


Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, offers an extraordinary journey into the heart of Balinese spirituality through its Melukat purification ceremony. This unique experience, set against the backdrop of Bali’s lush landscapes and steeped in rich historical significance, transcends mere tourism.

It beckons travellers from all walks of life to immerse themselves in the cultural tapestry of Bali, shedding what no longer serves them and embracing the island’s sacred secrets. With the serene Petanu River flowing nearby and the resort’s unique heritage, Tanah Gajah invites you to embark on a soul-stirring adventure that connects you to the essence of this enchanting island. Discover the purity and serenity that awaits at Tanah Gajah, and embark on a journey of spiritual renewal like no other.

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