Aek Sipitu Dai is a fountain that has seven taps in Sianjur Mulamula Subdistrict, Samosir. Each stream of the water has a different flavor. Residents consider it a sacred place. To see it on the map, click here.
Local people often come here for a blessing. They believe that the water can heal numerous diseases. According to them, Debata Mula Jadi Nobolon (a Batak ancestor and king) may grant any wishes for those who pray in the fountain. Due to this belief, many visitors pray for wealth and health. Aek Sipitu Dai is well-known among both locals and foreigners. Tourists want to witness its uniqueness with their own eyes.
Even though the seven streams of water come from a single source, they taste differently. The rumor has it that if you take the water to another location, it loses its taste. That means the water becomes tasteless. The same result happens if you bring the water to unblessed places. No one knows the reason.
Local people use the tap water for different purposes. Here are the 7 flavors to taste at Aek Sipitu Dai and their purposes.
|Tap||Name||Taste and purpose|
|1||Aek Poso||Kind of sweet. Women use it to bathe their toothless babies|
|2||Aek Sibaso||Kind of plain. Infertile women use it to get an offspring|
|3||Aek Pardenggan||Kind of plain. Pregnant women use it to secure their pregnancy and labor|
|4||Aek Marboju||Kind of sour. Young women use it to retain their fertility and beauty|
|5||Aek Doli||Kind of sour. Young men use it to find a mate or grow career/business|
|6||Aek Hela||Kind of sour. Sons-in-law use to keep a lasting marriage|
|7||Aek Pangolu Raja||Kind of sweet. Reserved for the kings|
The legend goes that the Batak kings also used to bath there. They also used it as a place for matching their children. The spring has been present since ancient times.
What to Expect
The area is sometimes dirty because people bring soaps and bath in the fountain but do not clean the place after use. Entrance fee is Rp 2,000 ($0.15)/adult.