Celebrating the Çaka New Year (Nyepi) for Hindu community at Tegallalang village, Ubud village, Ubud subdistrict (Gianyar) may be different from other villages in Bali. Primarily the parade of ogoh-ogoh is held on the day before the Pengerupukan. The ogoh-ogoh in the form of a giant statue made of wood and paper was collaborated with performing arts in combination with dance and gamelan music.
Badung is never empty of ritual activities. It’s one of the features of Badung community. Related to this matter, the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, buried a foundation paraphernalia or pedagingan in the family shrine of Mengwi Grand Palace (Badung County), recently. The ceremony officiated over by Ida Pedanda Putra Pemaron from Griya Sidemen was attended by local officials, the entire royal relatives across Bali, customary stakeholders of Badung County and Blambangan, Banyuwangi County (East Java), subjects of Mengwi Palace.
After going through a long preparation “Pelebon” or cremation ceremony for the third wife of Klungkung’s King was carried out on Sunday, June 26. The ritual attracted thousands of people. It is not only because the ceremony quite rare but also it will be the last kind of ritual. The cremation of Ida I Dewa Agung Istri Putra wis the last ceremony which used 11 stories “bade”, the place to carry the corpse to the cemetery. The “pelebon” was carried out in Klungkung cross road or called Catus Pata.
The elder in Puri Agung Klungkung explained the procession was started by circling the Catus Pata three times. Then, the body was placed in the “Bade” using “tagtag” stairs made from bamboos. After that, the elders of the puri came up the other ceremonies equipments made before such as Tjokorda Bagus Oka and Tjokorda Surya Putra went up to the bade while Tjokorda Alit Putra and Tjokorda Gede Putra rode the “Naga Banda”, the holy dragon, Tjokorda Gde Agung, Tjokorda Bobi Tanaya and Tjokorda Mayun Putra rode the “Lembu”, holy cow.
Cremation or ngaben is a common ritual organized by Balinese Hindu community. However, the cremation taking place at Ubud Grand Palace is relatively different. In addition to being unique, the royal cremation performed by the descendants of the royal family draws many local people and foreign travelers. Cremation belongs to Pitri Yajna or a ceremony devoted to ancestral spirits as an obligation to the ancestors of the Hindus. It aims at cleansing the spirit of the deceased person by cremation at cemetery. For a royal family, the cremation generally has the same meaning. The difference only lies in the tradition as referring to the concept of desa (place), kala (time) and patra (situation).
Be careful when traveling on kajeng kliwon (encounter of three-day and five-day week in Balinese calendar) particularly at nightfall and midnight. The kajeng kliwon falling every 15 days is believed by Balinese people to be sacred and filled with negative aura. Leak (black magic practitioners) commonly choose this day to study or practice their capability. The leak practitioners worship and meditate at graveyard. They worship Goddess Durga to invoke a miracle. On that account, people will not recklessly go out to have a promenade on the kajeng kliwon. The priest of Dalem Sekebon Temple at Sibang Kaja village, I Nyoman Miarta Putra, said that on that day people were usually reluctant to visit other people’s home, let alone visit the sick. At the time, the kajeng kliwon was believed to belong to auspicious day for bhuta kala (evil spirits) to do their activities.
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