Please do not be surprised when you make a visit to Tanah Lot as you cannot see the attraction of ogoh-ogoh or papier mâché demon on Pengrupukan Day, a day before Nyepi or Day of Silence. It has been the policy of Beraban customary village because at the same time local customary village is organizing a piodalan or temple anniversary in the Bale Agung Temple.
“The celebration made this year is a little different from previous years. This time, Tanah Lot has no ogoh-ogoh. It is intended to keep the conduciveness and smooth implementation of the temple anniversary,” said Operations Manager of Tanah Lot tourist attraction, I Ketut Toya Adnyana.
The absence of the ogoh-ogoh parade in the implementation of Hindu feast in Bali did not have an impact on Tanah Lot because it would support the smoothness of ritual procession. “If the ogoh-ogoh parade is held, the road section to Tanah Lot has usually been closed before 5:00 p.m. At this time, it will continue to run normally as usual,” revealed Toya Adnyana.
Indeed, continued Toya Adnyana, the ogoh-ogoh parade was very favored by domestic and foreign travelers. But, it did not affect the number of tourist visits. “Tourists can still enjoy the ogoh-ogoh parade after their visit to Tanah Lot. By and large, the attraction was usually presented along the road by Hindu community, especially children and the youth,” he said.
As a manager, Toya Adnyana admitted to accept and did not question about the policy because the ogoh-ogoh parade was not a part of Hindu ritual. “The papier mâché demon is only the creation as a complementary to enliven it. On that account, without being accompanied by ogoh-ogoh, it would not reduce the meaning of Nyepi celebration,” he explained.
Related to temple anniversary in the Bale Agung at local village, he said, the implementation would be different from the previous ones. Melasti was held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and the anniversary on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the morning and finished before 06:00 a.m. “It is taken because the anniversary coincides with Nyepi. Communities can say prayers on the following day,” he said.
Without ogoh-ogoh, the Tanah Lot object remained a leading tourist attraction. Other than natural tourist attraction, history and culture of the Tanah Lot also had an appeal in the form typical craft and cuisine. (BTN/015)