The Padudusan ritual held in the Penataran Sasih Temple on Wednesday (Feb 27) was resumed with a unique procession named sampian war. Such ritual was performed at the same time of the farewell to Lord Manca followed by hundreds of female and male pilgrims. The whole set of rituals was prepared from the morning.
Before the series of sampian war was commenced, the female and male pilgrims surrounded the temple area of Penataran Sasih while dancing. Subsequently, it was followed by mabete-betean and dancing beautifully like waves. The whole procession was carried out around the area Penataran Sasih for three times.
After the procession, the female and male pilgrims commenced the sampian war tradition. It was begun by shouting and praying directly in front of the Pengaruman and Ratu Sanghyang shrine. After saying prayers and being sprinkled with holy water, all the participating pilgrims looked like a possessed men. They immediately took sampian previously provided in the temple courtyard. Afterwards, they looked to hit each other by using sampian with friends. However, none of them felt painful after the war tradition.
Nyoman Surpa, one of the male pilgrims participating in the sampian war was proud and happy after undergoing the tradition. Moreover, the whole series of piodalan or temple anniversary had been running smoothly. Together with his fellow participants he said not to feel tired even though having to surround the temple area for several times in the hot atmosphere.
The sampian war tradition should always be carried out every anniversary in the Penataran Sasih Temple annually. According to Chief of Jero Kuta Pejeng customary village, the tradition depicted the struggle of dharma (truth) over adharma (untruth) where it was ultimately won by dharma. The tradition was a regular agenda held every year on the temple anniversary of Penataran Sasih. (BTN/kmb)