Hindus in traditional dress visited Tanah Lot Temple when Purnama Kapat or more known as forth full moon, Saturday (Oct 19, 2013). At that moment, many Hindus who came from various regions in Bali such as Tabanan, Gianyar, Badung, Denpasar and others prayed in some temples. For example Batu Bolong Temple, Pakendungan Temple and so the main temple in Tanah Lot Area.
Ngayah or devotional work poses one of the ways undertaken by the management of Tanah Lot tourist attraction to maintain the area. Aside from making continuous arrangement, ranging from the parks, sidewalks, wantilan hall, traders as well as the parking area, the spiritual activity in the form of doing devotional work in temples also becomes a way to create a better neighborhood.
On Tuesday (Oct 1), the entire Operations Management staff of the Tanah Lot tourist attraction did devotional works in the local Padma shrine. A variety of cultural activities were implemented such as making temporary platform, installing shrine paraphernalia, making penjor and clean-up in the temple area.
Vivacity to make the Tanah Lot a leading tourist attraction in Bali continues to be performed. Other than managing the area and improving the quality of human resources, the management also cares about the environment and culture. “We have always created comfort for tourists visiting Tanah Lot,” said Operations Manager of the Tanah Lot Management, I Ketut Toya Adnyana, amidst the devotional works carried out at Melanting temple area.
Ahead of the temple ceremony, hundreds of people consisting of the staff and operational management, development committee of the Melanting Temple and local traders paid devotional works at the temple area. The activities comprised the grass cleanup, preparation of shelter and installation of temple clothing.
“This ceremony is associated with the inauguration of a shrine at the Melanting Temple of Tanah Lot to be held on Wednesday, Buda Wage Merakih (May 15). This Melanting Temple has just been restored, and performed physical improvement,” said Toya Adnyana.
Traditional means of transportation such as cariole has become a favorite in the 1960s. In harmony with the passage of time, the presence of cariole is increasingly marginalized by modern means of transportation such as motorcycles and cars. Now, the number of cariole remaining to operate around Denpasar is few and far between. According to a cariole driver met around the Badung Market, Nengah Purna, the number of surviving cariole was only about 10-15 units. Such number spread out in several places in the Badung Market. Like in the east of the temple, the place was only used by three cariole drivers to hang out.
Bali Island has one of the beautiful and elegant birds, namely Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). Unfortunately, twitter of the bird is now rarely audible in the wild life because it is continuously hunted to be traded. About five years ago, the price of Bali starling was touted to reach IDR 50 million per pair. Later on, the price of such medium-sized warbler with a length of approximately 25 centimeters started to decline. Although declining, the price is still ranging from IDR 17 million to IDR 20 million per pair. With such high price, the Bali starling continues to be hunted by people.
Bali starling is a beautiful bird. Because of its beauty, the bird has become a sort of mascot for the Island of Bali and has been named the faunal symbol of Bali.
The Head of Buleleng Natural Resources Conservation of Buleleng, Gede Wenten, said that population of Bali starling was mostly located in the West Bali National Park (TNBB). But now, the existence of the very rare bird was extinct and virtually disappeared. Bali starling could only be found in breeding area such as at Tegal Bunder, TNBB. In addition, many people around the TNBB also bred it independently.
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