The life of Balinese community is indeed inseparable from the Hindu ritual and sublime cultural activities. One of them is the temple anniversary activity in the Natar Sari, Apuan customary village, Tabanan Regency held on Tumpek Krulut, Saturday (Oct 13). A total of 45 sanctified effigies in the form of Ratu Gde or Barong venerated by the Hindus in several regencies in Bali attended the temple anniversary.
The ritual with the category of Catur Rebah oblation was commenced with ngunya procession to Nawa Sanga deities for 42 days since the Galungan on Wednesday (Aug 29).
Meanwhile, culmination of the celebration took place at midnight and was officiated over by the temple priest of Natar Sari, Jro Mangku Mastrum, together with priests of the village trinity temples and priest of sanctified effigies coming to pray. Ritual procession included the purificatory ritual for the deities to local spring at 4:00 p.m. Furthermore, at 12:00 p.m., the Nawa Sanga deities and 45 sanctified effigies came down to the innermost courtyard. In the procession, the deities were presented with Panyejeg Buwana oblation. The Oblation Committee, Wayan Sarwa, said that in the procession the devotees invoked the welfare for the macrocosm and microcosm to God Almighty.
Celebration of the temple anniversary was also attended by the spouse of Deputy Governor of Bali Mrs. Bintang Puspayoga. The Ritual Committee, I Ketut Wardana, accompanied by the Secretary of Ritual Committee I Made Cendoarsa, Secretary of Natar Sari Temple I Wayan Sibandi and Chief of Apuan customary village I Ketut Cakra said the ritual would be closed on Wednesday morning at 03:30 (Oct 17). Cendoarsa apologized for any drawbacks in organizing the ritual and expressed gratitude for donation handed over by devotees. (BTN/kmb)