Melasti, Purifying Earth before Nyepi

Melasti, Purifying Earth before Nyepi

The Tawur Kesanga Ritual which is held in connection with Nyepi was started with Melasti Ceremony. The ceremony is held by all villages in Bali as the symbol of purification and it is done in the water source such as rover and sea. In Denpasar, Melasti is held in beaches throughout the city. Many Hindus

The Tawur Kesanga Ritual which is held in connection with Nyepi was started with Melasti Ceremony. The ceremony is held by all villages in Bali as the symbol of purification and it is done in the water source such as rover and sea. In Denpasar, Melasti is held in beaches throughout the city. Many Hindus came to Padanggalak Beach bringing the Pretima which is the symbol of God. On other beaches such as Matahari terbit and Bali Beach is also packed with the Hindus. 

The Balinese traditional instrument (Gamelan) is sound during the parade procession with some of priest lead among the people. After arriving at the beach, all god symbols are purified based on local rituals process. Afterward, it carried back to the temple and keep it sacred. Each of Balinese Hindu people will go to the temple for worshiping to get the prosperity and peaceful for the entire world.

Every “banjar” that has done with the “encircling beach” ritual continued their cavalcade toward their own temple to put their “pratima” back. As like as their arrival so does their homing, they went back to their temple by feet. Cavalcade of Balinese Hindus people within white nuance clothing carrying the sacred worship symbols—pratima—once again enliven along the road of Sanur-Denpasar. Colourful of magnificence, majesty, and splendour of Bali wrapped by such a white nuance of purity move and march as if fence in the coast of Padanggalak Beach.

This ceremony is very important value to remind /realize how important this life and we need a day to purify ourselves and the universe. With this ceremony, all the components that live in this world have a clean soul so the world can survive from the threat of a bad thing. (kmb)

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