Lake Tamblingan is Developed For Spiritual Attraction

Tamblingan lake in Gobleg village, Buleleng regency, is developed as one of the spiritual attractions in Bali.

“In terms of topography, Tamblingan is an absorption area that naturally shed various welfare resources to various regions of Bali. In that area there are still sustainable forest and three lakes (Tamblingan, Buyan and Beratan) as a source of life,” said Buleleng Vice Regent Nyoman Sutjidra, in Singaraja.

He explained that Gobleg Village, Banjar District, keep historical records since the reign of King Ugrasena in 11th century.

In that area there are a number of temple sites on the hillside surrounding the lake that are not only used as a source of livelihood by people in Buleleng regency, but also those in Tabanan regency.

“According to historical evidence, thousands years ago in this region there was a very orderly society, both in terms of governance, economy, and socio-cultural. It can be seen from the discovery of the inscription several years ago,” said the Vice Regent.

Therefore, according to him, the local government is very eager to make the temple area as a spiritual and historical attractions as well as a sacred area to Hindus in Bali.

“In the future, whatever the means of transportation is driven by it must not enter the lake area so that the region itself stays natural and pollution-free,” said Sutjidra.

For Hindus, the area of Lake Tamblingan serves as a place for meditation, yoga, and religious rituals.

Meanwhile, the Head of Culture and Tourism Department of Buleleng Regency, Ketut Warkadea hoped that determination of Tamblingan lake as the center of spiritual activity is able to preserve the Balinese’ principle of “Tri Hita Karana”.

“Besides keeping the sacred values corresponding Balinese beliefs, Lake Tamblingan is also called Sunan Jagad Bali as one of the ancestral heritage,” he said.

Based on Buleleng Regent Decree Number 100 of 2003, the management of the natural attractions having quite interesting panorama is fully addressed by the village administration. Management of the funds coming from the attractions, 50 percent is the village income and the remaining cash paid into the regional treasury.

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