The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is now offering guests the chance to participate in an authentic Soul Purification Ritual. Traditionally referred to as "Melukat," derived from the word ‘Lukat’ which means to purify in Balinese, the soul purification practice is centered on holy water. This spiritual activity is often performed when a Balinese native is about to enter a new phase in their life, is recovering from sickness, or celebrating either one of “Rites of Passage,” such as marriage or child birth, and the holy water is used to purify and cleanse the body, mind, and soul.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, the Soul Purification Ritual takes place on the secluded white beaches of the resort in the early morning, when Surya, or God of Sun, is believed to rise. Balinese Hindus believe that the blessings from Surya and Baruna, the God of Ocean, are required for a clean and fresh new beginning, which is why this is performed on the beach.
The spiritual journey begins with a Balinese Priest offering a devotion to both of the Gods, followed by a ‘Tepung Tawar’ ritual, cleansing of the guest’s hands, feet, face, and mouth three times each with the holy water, to symbolically cleanse the body, mind, and soul, and concluded by a prayer. Completing the journey, a piece of three-colored string called Benang Tridatu is tied around the guest’s wrist and worn until it falls off – symbolizing their quest for balance, harmony, and understanding. Guests will be accompanied by a “Sutri”, the priest’s assistant who will lead through entire steps of the ritual and provide consultation on Balinese culture.
Price: USD 112 excluding 21% government tax and service charge