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CEREMONIES AND RITUALS

EKA DASA RUDRA

EKA DASA RUDRA

Eka Dasa Rudra is a series of processions, ceremonies, and sacrifices held every 100 years at Pura Besakih, the "mother temple" of Bali.

Unfortunately, this magnificent ceremony is also a painful memory for Balinese people:

On March 17, 1963, the Eka Dasa Rudra was under way when Agung catastrophically erupted and killed more than 1,500 people. Since the sacrifices were interrupted, the Eka Dasa Rudra was completed 16 years later, from late February to early May of 1979. Images of gods were carried 19 miles down the mountain to be washed in the sea. Entire villages gathered along the route.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 people participated in the ritual.

 

GALUNGAN & KUNINGAN

Held annually in the Wuku Calendar, the Galungan festivities last ten days, when Sanghyang Widi comes down to Earth. Deified ancestors of the family come down to the family home. They must be entertained and are welcomed by prayers and offerings. Families who haven’t yet cremated their ancestors must bring offerings to their graves. ...

MELASTI

Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe), held as one of the rituals to welcome Nyepi Day (the Balinese New Year). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousands of Balinese Hindu, bringing all the ceremony equipments, sacred objects from ...

NGERUPUK

Ngerupuk is one of Balinese sacred Ceremony, held in order to drive away Evil, following a Mecaru Ceremony. This ceremony is usually held on the day before Nyepi.  Ngerupuk consists of several different acts. Spreading rice, smoking the house and yards, lighting up firecrackers around the house as well as both the front and backyard, ...

HARI RAYA SARASWATI

This ceremony honors Batari Dewi Saraswati, wife of Brahma, goddess of arts, knowledge and science.   Saraswati rules the intellectual and creative realm, and is the patron goddess of libraries and schools. Balinese Hindus believe that knowledge is an essential medium to achieve the goal of life as a human being. This ceremony celebrates the ...

CEREMONIES AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS

Ceremonies are at the center of the spiritual life of Balinese people. You will often hear people say there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony, which is quite true. You will feel the spiritual rhythm in a constant celebration of life and nature by which Balinese people live their daily lives. Balinese views on religion are very tolerant ...

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