Sawan Stone (or Batu Cawan) is a rock that resembles a big bowl with a spring flowing onto it at Sianjur Mulamula, Samosir. The stone is also a cultural heritage site for Batak and Lake Toba and is near the former residence of King Batak (or Si Raja Batak, the name of the first king). To see it on the map, click here.
Unlike ordinary water, the spring flowing onto the stone has a fresh lime flavor. Local people believe that the water can cure all kinds of diseases. They call it blessing water and consider it sacred because, according to the legend, King Uti who was a descendant of King Batak lived there. This location is often used to hold ritual events.
What to Enjoy
There is a small waterfall that flows from the top, past the rock cliffs and then accommodated in a large rock in the shape of a saucer before flowing back to the lower plains (that’s why it is called Batu Sawan or Batu Grail). The diameter of the stone cup is about 3 meters and is approximately 2 meters deep at the deepest bottom. The water is very clear and the volume varies with the seasons. The water taste is not fresh like ordinary, but rather like water that is squeezed with grapefruit or kaffir lime.
In addition to carrying out the ritual, many visitors come to Batu Sawan specifically to take the water to drink and bathe because it is believed to be able to cure various diseases. Water for drinking is taken directly from Batu Sawan while for bathing is only allowed in a special bath built under Batu Sawan.
What to Expect
Batu Sawan can only be reached on foot via a 700-meter-long footpath from Huta Parik Karetan. Some of the roads are already paved with concrete. The road, which is only one meter wide, is steep and winding, some of which have extreme slopes. Weeds and greenish-yellow thickets stretched as far as the eye could see. The pine tree grows randomly with a slender trunk.
The path to the area is upward so you must have good stamina for the walk (about 30 minutes). Entrance is free. You should maintain modesty in the area.
What Visitors Say
“Very amazing place, local heritage and culture of ancient tribe” Welly Lee (Source)
“Batu Sawan is an Incredible place to looking for energy positive” Elizer Sitanggang (Source)
“One of the tourist spots in Samosir. People come to visit this place to pray and bring back some of the water from Batu Sawan, believing that it can heal different diseases.
Good for hiking.” Ellen Abrigo (Source)
“Many people come here. Some seek treatment, some want to pray. Miscellaneous. They believe this place is lucky.” Sanny Hutasoit (Source)
“If you go to Samosir, don’t miss this one place, it is said that your request can be fulfilled, by praying here. Samosir Beautiful Land Pieces of Heaven. Horas.” Samosir TiVi (Source)
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