Buda Kliwon Pegatuwakan or commonly known as Buda Kliwon Pahang falling on Wednesday (May 10) is the end of the series of Galungan feast day. It is marked by withdrawing the penjor and burning it. Likewise, all the attributes of the penjor such as bakang, lamak, sampian and so on are burned. The ashes are
Buda Kliwon Pegatuwakan or commonly known as Buda Kliwon Pahang falling on Wednesday (May 10) is the end of the series of Galungan feast day. It is marked by withdrawing the penjor and burning it. Likewise, all the attributes of the penjor such as bakang, lamak, sampian and so on are burned. The ashes are put into a young ivory coconut and then buried in the house yard.
Ashes of the penjor symbolize prosperity, so that on that day the Hindus plead to God to be blessed with fertility. However, before withdrawing the penjor, people must first put offerings or canang on the bamboo platform shrine that the series of Galungan feast day has already completed. It is resumed with masegeh procession, including at the location of penjor.
Chairman of Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) Bali, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana said that the series of Galungan feast day ends on Buda Kliwon Pahang. Thus, the preaching of dharma has lasted for 42 days.
During the series of Galungan is also known as the Uncal Balung. During that time, people generally abstain from organizing Panca Yadnya (five sacrifices) ritual activities, including wedding, except for pujawali or festival at temple or family or clan temple happening to fall during this period. After Buda Kliwon Pegatuwakan, people usually go back to choosing auspicious days to perform Panca Yadnya ceremony, including wedding.
Prof. Sudiana said that after the end of the Galungan series, people are reminded to always be able to apply the values of dharma (truth) and maintain victory against adharma. Human must be able to really win and take advantage of the graces bestowed on Galungan. “On Buda Kliwon Pegatuwakan, we ask salvation, prosperity and protection from hazardous things to Motherland,” he said.
Buda Kliwon Pegatuwakan also poses an expression of gratitude to deities because we have been able to carry out the teachings during the Galungan feast day well. “Since then, human beings have been mature to bring themselves, not tied to adharma. They are considered to have possessed good thoughts, words and deeds so that they are ready to live their life well according to the teachings of dharma,” he asserted.
After that, explained Prof. Sudiana, people just need to implement the values of dharma in everyday life to gain peace and tranquility. During the series of Galungan festivities lasting for one month and seven days, people are encouraged to control themselves in order to live together and can perform services, dedication and quality improvement of human resources. Besides, they must do coexistence, mutual help and mutual respect according to religious teachings. (BTN/015) Photo by; lifeisarts.wordpress.com