Subgroup members of Subak Besikalung, Penebel, held a grand ngusabha (ngusabha agung) procession at the local farmlands on Buda Pon Medangkungan, (Wednesday Jun 7). This subak (irrigation cooperative) has an area of ??56 hectares, and belongs to the territory of Subak Jatiluwih. Chief of Subak Jatiluwih, Nyoman Sutama, said that in the area of Subak
Subgroup members of Subak Besikalung, Penebel, held a grand ngusabha (ngusabha agung) procession at the local farmlands on Buda Pon Medangkungan, (Wednesday Jun 7). This subak (irrigation cooperative) has an area of ??56 hectares, and belongs to the territory of Subak Jatiluwih. Chief of Subak Jatiluwih, Nyoman Sutama, said that in the area of Subak Jatiluwih there are seven tempekan (subgroups).
The grand ngusabha procession is carried out by each subak subgroup who take turns organizing every three years. “This year, it is Subak Besikalung’s turn to organize the grand ngusabha procession”, he said.
Sutama explained the procession is meant to express gratitude to God for the grace of rice fertility in the subak area. The tirual procession is also a way to express and re-enforce the values Tri Hita Karana amongst the local subak members. The principle o Tri Hita Karana (right relationship with nature, fellow humans and the divine), said Sutama is very important as it represents the spirit of subak.
Operations of Manager of the Jatiluwih Attraction, I Nengah Sutirta Yasa, said that Jatiluwih strongly supports various activities performed by subak members around Jatiluwih including cultural activities that have been passed down for centuries. One of the ways that the Jatiluwih attraction shows their support is in the form of financial assistance for rituals like the grand ngusabha that requires a considerable budget. “I hope this assistance can ease the burden of the subak members in preserving their agrarian culture”, he said.
Yasa added that the grand ngusabha procession can also serve as a an extra attraction for tourists visiting Jatiluwih. In fact the grand procession is being included in the agenda of the Jatiluwih festival that will be taking place for the first time in June.
Accompanied by subdistrict head of Penebel, IGA Supatiwi, Sutirta Yasa mentioned that the grand ngusabha procession fits in very nicely with the theme of the Jatiluwih Fesstival which is Mamica Manik Galih meaning ‘grace of the jewel of the heart’. This ngusabha procession is held by the subak members to express their gratitude to God for the abundant harvests and for prosperity in general.
The grand ngusabha procession was held at the Bedugul Temple of Subak Besikalung in Jatiluwih village, Penebel, Tabanan. The ngusabha begins with the ngajum procession that is followed by pecaruan (offerings) and then the mendak (picking up) deity procession takes place.
After the “picking up” procession, the subak members accompany the deities to the local springs. After the cleansing there, is a nganteb procession and the saying of prayers together. Finally, they hold the memica procession symbolizing the grace conferred to God’s followers. This final procession could certainly become a rare attraction for tourists who have a chance to see it. (kmb)