Traffic stood still as women in intricate-laced kebaya’s and sarong, glided down the street balancing baskets full of offerings, while the men walked ahead. Everyone is Ubud is heading this evening to Pura Gunung Lebah (more known to the locals here as Pura Campuhan) for one of the six grand ceremonies held to bless the temple.
This religious festival is filled with colourful street processions, daily rituals as well as unique traditional Balinese art performances that takes place every evening of the week. Locals told me that these performances vary on a daily basis and it’s free for everyone to watch.
*This opportunity was too good to miss.
*Its free to entre this temple provided you are dressed in traditional outfit of course.
As predicted the temple was full with devotees so it took approximately 40-minutes to get into the inner sanctum. Sitting down for 20-30 minutes in a sarong isn’t exactly easy or comfortable. I did fidget a few times to which an amused old man leaned in to ask if I was local, as locals (as he pointed out) don’t flinch a muscle in this position. Clearly my cover was blown at this point but it was sweet - he and old buddies were excited to tell me more about the temple and Ubud.
Upon exit, I went to the front of the temple to watch the dance performance that was on for tonight. Two very talented girls, no more than 11-years-old I would say, danced gracefully. Their movements, costumes and expressions were impeccable.
I personally felt like I needed a good energy cleanse and this place did just that. I felt more relaxed, calm and overall - good.
Don’t miss this temple when you’re in Ubud. Its worth that 15 minutes walk down the main street!
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