Implementation of the World Hindu Parishad Meet and World Hindu Wisdom Meet 2014 (Apr 16-18) in Bali was closed through an event taking place at Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, Badung, Friday (Apr 18). Approximately 200 delegates from 5 countries participated in the event packed with farewell dinner in the middle courtyard of Taman Ayun Temple. The delegates were welcomed by Regional Secretary of Badung, Kompyang R. Swandika, accompanied by relevant regional working unit heads. Apart from enjoying the beauty of Taman Ayun Temple as a world cultural heritage, the delegates also said prayers together in the temple. Similarly, the event was attended by Chairman of the Central Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) Ida Pedanda Sebali Tianyar and the world Hindu figures.
Chairman of the Committee, Made Suryawan, said the implementation of the World Hindu Parishad Meet and the World Hindu Wisdom Meet posed an annual event and the implementation this year posed the second time. The theme highlighted was Hinduism-based Education or Vedic-based education. This activity aimed to increase familiarity and togetherness of the Hindus worldwide as well as to unite the perceptions and views on the Hindu education worldwide. Participants of this activity came from five countries outside Indonesia such as India, Singapore, Russia, Malaysia and Australia.
Regional Secretary of Badung, Kompyang R. Swandika, emphasized that Badung government strongly supported the implementation of the World Hindu Parishad Meet and the World Hindu Wisdom Meet. On behalf of the government and Badung community, Swandika expressed his appreciation for choosing Taman Ayun as one of the visiting objects and the closing ceremony of the event.
He explained that Taman Ayun had been established as World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Taman Ayun served as tourist attraction and a place of prayer, while the pool surrounding the Taman Ayun served to irrigate the paddy fields of subak groups. The World Hindu Parisad Meet was expected to be able to create an educated generation pursuant to the theme Vedic-based Education, generally in Bali and particularly in Badung. “Hopefully, this event could help sustain Bali in reaching the strength and peacefulness,” he added.
Although it was not a performing art, a total of 735 Balinese women roasting coffee…