After taking place for four days, the piodalan or anniversary of the Tanah Lot Temple was finally closed on Saturday (Nov 9). The anniversary falling on Buda (Wednesday) Wage, Wuku Langkir or four days after Kuningan feast day celebration was thronged by pilgrims from the entire regions in Bali. Chairman of the Tanah Lot Temple Ritual Committee, I Ketut Toya Adnyana, doubling as Operations Manager of Tanah Lot tourist attraction said the closing ceremony lasted for two hours. However, the preparations had been made from the morning.
Closing ceremony was commenced with purification rite of the deity venerated in the Tanah Lot to local spring and then resumed to Tanah Lot Temple. Farewell was made at the outermost temple courtyard and representation shrine of the Tanah Lot Temple. “This closing ceremony is a process of returning the sanctified effigies of the deities to their respective abode,” he said.
The effigy of Ida Bathara Saren Kangin of Tanah Lot Temple abided in the Simpangan Tanah Lot Temple located at Batanbuah Kaja hamlet, Beraban customary village. Meanwhile, the effigy of Ida Bathara Saren Kaja abided in the Jero Mangku Pandak Gede located at Pangkung hamlet, Pandak Gede village. Series of the closing ceremony was officiated over by the principal priest of Tanah Lot Temple.
During the closing procession took place, it was accompanied with gamelan music by gamelan troupe of Beraban customary village and Rejang Dewa Dance denoting a sacred dance for religious ceremonies in Bali. “Although the closing ceremony has taken place, all the pilgrims can remain to say prayers,” said Toya. (BTN/015)
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