Must Know, 7 Myths and Don’ts About Mount Agung Bali


Mount Agung is one of the prima donna of Bali. Know the myths and taboos of this mountain so that your climb is safe and secure to the top.

Mount Agung which has a height of 3,124 meters above sea level has a series of myths and prohibitions that should not be violated. Besides being a favorite of climbers, Mount Agung, which is located in Karangasem Regency, Bali is also famous for its sacredness which is still awake to this day.

The head of Pasar Agung Temple Jro Mangku Gede Umbara (60) said that actually related to the circulating stories, he did not dare to say that it was just a myth. Because according to him, it has been proven that if the myth is violated, there will be danger when climbing Mount Agung.

For travelers who are planning a climb to Mount Agung, you can believe or not believe in these myths and taboos. However, the Hindu community there highly upholds the sacredness of Mount Agung.

Here are a series of myths and taboos on Mount Agung revealed by Jro Mangku Gede Umbara.

1. Can’t Bring Beef or Bali

Jro Mangku Gede Umbara (60) said the first myth is that it is not allowed to bring beef or pork when climbing to the top of Mount Agung. Because based on the stories of ancient parents, Ida Bhatara is on Mount Agung in the form of Shiva. Shiva in this case the vehicle is a cow or ox.

“So cows are considered sacred, so it is not allowed to bring beef to the top of Mount Agung, if it is violated it will encounter obstacles and dangers when climbing,” said Jro Mangku Umbara.

2. People with high spiritual knowledge can find the big black cow

Jro Mangku Umbara said those who have high spiritual knowledge when climbing to the top of Mount Agung often find a large black cow. Therefore, until now bringing beef to the top of Mount Agung is strictly prohibited.

3. It is forbidden to carry or use gold

In addition, climbers are also not allowed to bring or use gold equipment to the top of Mount Agung. Because mountains in abstract or unreal nature are gold. So if the climber brings gold then the energy will be greater.

“If we carry gold then it will cause danger and there have also been many fatalities, where when climbing strong winds can come, slip and even die,” said Jro Mangku Umbara.

Mount Agung via Besakih Temple TrailMount Agung via Besakih Temple Trail Photo: I Gede Leo Agustina/d’Traveler

4. No Climbing on Certain Days

There are certain days that it is not allowed to climb to Mount Agung. Like Saturday Kliwon or Tumpek, Wednesday Wage, Tuesday Kliwon.

Because from a long time ago, those days were Ida Bhatara’s work on Mount Agung. During those days at Mount Agung it can suddenly get dark, sometimes there are also very strong winds and others.

5. Abstinence of Local People Saying “Puyung”

For people who live at the foot of Mount Agung, there is also some income, namely belanding fruit or fruit that looks like a banana and can be sold. If when harvesting, people say “puyung” then all the belanding fruit will be empty.

This taboo is true because it has been proven otherwise. So people at the foot of Mount Agung must be careful in speaking.

6. No Knee Pressing

If you climb to the top of Mount Agung after passing Tirta Mas Temple, you are not allowed to press your knees. If it is done then it will never be able to reach the top and it is still proven to this day.

7. Abstinence from Climbing Activities When Piodalan at Pasar Agung Temple

When piodalan at Pasar Agung Temple, starting from nyejer or Ida Bhatara melinggih also not allowed to do climbing activities. And if it is violated it will be given a warning or reprimand. Usually Ida Bhatara nyejer for 11 days until done penneban.

“During the piodalan at Pasar Agung Temple, there were climbers who violated so that there were fatalities, some fell, got sick and some even broke. So we have to believe in this miracle and climbers must obey the rules,” explained Jro Mangku Umbara.

Those are 7 myths and taboos on Mount Agung, Karangasem, Bali. This is important to know before you do mountain climbing activities. Because it is important to respect each other’s customs and traditions wherever they are.

This article has appeared on secondsBali.

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