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Cap Go Meh, Tri Dharma devotees hold bad luck disposal ritual

Cap Go Meh Tri Dharma devotees hold bad luck disposal ritualPinnacle 0f the Lunar New Year celebration was taken advantage by Tri Darma Buddhist to say prayers and worship in the Dharma Cattra Buddhist Temple on Jalan Melati, Tabanan, Sunday (Feb 24). Uniquely, they also organized bad luck disposal ritual to under go the New Year. Such ancient ritual was known as Cisua meaning to eliminate bad influence of each zodiac.

Two major zodiacs were believed to be most vulnerable to negative influences of this year of the snake namely the pig and snake. "Both zodiacs are believed to be most vulnerable to negative influences and must be neutralized with Cisua ritual," said Liem Sien Lie, Spiritual Section of Vihara Dharma Cattra after the celebrations He explained the Cisua ritual was not much different from regular worship.

The difference lay in the focus of prayer invoking for blessings of prosperity for the year Ahead. Such ritual was held in front of the altar established at the front temple courtyard. The ritual was not only attended by people potentially having a great disaster All devotees coming to the temple also took turns for praying.

Arrival of the devotees continued to flow until the evening. "Today (Sunday—Ed) is pinnacle of the Lunar New Year coinciding with full moon or the Cap Go Meh," said Liem Sien Lie, Prior to holding Cisua ritual, the temple caretakers organized a mass worship at some points in the temple.

They were dressed entirely in red as the symbol of love. At first, they said prayers in front of the entrance and in front of the Tan Hu Cin Cin altar, and then it was resumed to the altar of goddess Kwan Im and Buddha tree, During the praying, devotees offered a variety of fresh fruits, At the end of ritual, they all enjoyed the Cap Go Meh hodgepodge together. ‘“It is the closing of the series of Lunar New Year celebration procession.

Hopefully, we all get the blessings of prosperity," he concluded. The celebration of Cap Go Meh coincided with the anniversary of Tan Hu Cin Cin becoming the main effrgy in the ancient Buddhist Temple, It was unknown when the Buddhist temple was established. However, based on the existing inscriptions, the first rehabilitation was made in 1939 AD.

There were five sanctified effigies in the Dharma Cattra temple namely the Tan Hu Cin Cin, Toa Kon Co, Ji Kong Co and Sa Kong Co and the accompanying efhgies. This sanctum was venerated by Tri Dharma devotees in all sub districts across Tabanan, During the ritual, all the devotees living outside the region always made their time to go home and prayed together. (BTN/kmb)

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