Priests Express Concern over Villa Construction on Sacred Uluwatu Grounds

Sacred UluwatuULUWATU ~ At a meeting in Pekendungan Temple in Tanah Lot, Balinese priests discussed the reformulation of procedures and ethics of maligia (Hindu cremation sequence), a spokesman said.

In addition to discussing the reformulation of procedures and ethics of maligia (Hindu cremation sequence), Balinese priests at a high meeting that took place in Pekendungan Temple in Tanah Lot also discussed the issue of villa construction in the area, a spokesman said.

One of the priests said that he was surprised that Badung officials had issued permits to developers in the first place, since it was illegal to build in the vicinity of the sacred area.

“I do not know exactly what these officials want since they’re the ones who made regional regulations against construction in the first place. Then they issue developers the building permit to allow construction. So are regional regulations still in effect now? The government needs to please prevent construction from reaching the yard of Uluwatu Temple,” the priest said.

He also said that the regent could not pursue regional income by sacrificing area that was considered holy and sacred.

He added that Badung Regency needed to apologize to the Balinese and demolish the villa project that had started construction within Uluwatu’s sacred area.

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