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Ngebek Widhi at Penataran Pucak Mangu

Invoking Fertility and Increasing Crops  

Ngebek Widhi at Penataran Pucak ManguAs an expression of devotion and gratitude to God who has been bestowed welfare for universe, especially the fertility of plants at subak area, people organized a ceremony known as ngebek widhi at Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple, Tinggan village, Petang subdistrict, Tuesday (Feb 3). This ceremony was regularly held once a year coinciding with full moon in February. Other than attended by pilgrims from local village, it was also attended by Deputy Regent of Badung, I Made Sudiana, with Regional Secretary of Badung government, Kompyang R. Swandika and others.


Melaspas Ceremony at Double Six Luxury Hotel

Melaspas Ceremony at Double Six Luxury HotelDouble Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak organized melaspas or inauguration ceremony on full moon, Monday (Feb 2). The ceremony taking place at the local hotel was attended by the owner Made Wiranatha and family, General Manager, Corporate Management, the entire hotel staff and invitees.

Peak of the ceremony held on the second day was officiated over by Ida Pedanda Gde Made Jelantik Karang from Griya Budakeling, Karangasem. On the same day, it was also held the ceremony of rishi gana, mendem pedagingan, ngenteg linggih and padudusan agung. Corporate Sales & Public Relations of Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak, Dayu Basmiari, revealed the purpose of the ceremony was to purify the shrines and hotel buildings. “This hotel has been in operation for seven months in which currently the buildings and shrines have been totally accomplished,” she said on the sidelines of the event.


Ngerebeg at Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple

A Symbol to Release Lust and Express Joy

Ngerebeg at Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton TempleOther than inhabited by population of monkeys and flying foxes, the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction also has a temple established around the 1800s. It is called the Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple with a variety of uniqueness. One of them is the ngerebeg tradition always organized in the peak of the piodalan or temple anniversary falling on Anggara Kasih Medangsia.

Procession of the temple anniversary at the Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton may not last more than one day. It is a hereditary belief held by the supporting devotees. After the worship activity is ended before the sunset, the ngerebeg activity is commenced. This tradition is highly anticipated by residents, especially children.



GelunganGelungan is a headdress for dancers in Bali. In addition to support the beauty of the dance costumes, it also has a function to distinguish the character of the existing dance. Indeed, not all the Balinese dancer wears gelungan. Commonly it is worn by the figures of king, queen, governor and others.


Piodalan at Furama Villas & Spa Ubud

Reflection of Tri Hita Karana

Piodalan at Furama Villas  Spa UbudFurama Villas & Spa Ubud held a grandiose piodalan or temple anniversary and pecaruan (exorcism rite) at local hotel temple on Saturday (Jan 5). The spiritual activities held in early 2015 aimed to clean up the hotel area from negative influences. Likewise it was also meant to reinforce the mind of the workers. “Comfortable workplace and strong mental will create a good work ethic,” said Resort Manager of the Furama Villas & Spa, Wayan Sumandia.

Five days before the main activity, it was started with cleanup work and preparation of ritual paraphernalia. After that, it was resumed with the installation of shrine clothes and erection of penjor and decorating all the temples and shrines in the resort neighborhood. It was also prepared Balinese delicacies and continued with gebogan competition among the existing departments. As peak of the ritual was the worship officiated over by Ida Pedanda from Griya Bongkasa at 4:00 p.m.


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