Penjor

Penjor

Every Galungan and Kuningan feast, the Hindus in Bali install a penjor in front of their house compound. It is made of whole bamboo trunk. The bamboo pole is equipped with ritual paraphernalia in such a way with young coconut leaf ornaments. In addition, it is also added with assorted crops including tubers and fruits

Every Galungan and Kuningan feast, the Hindus in Bali install a penjor in front of their house compound. It is made of whole bamboo trunk. The bamboo pole is equipped with ritual paraphernalia in such a way with young coconut leaf ornaments. In addition, it is also added with assorted crops including tubers and fruits such as banana, coconut, cake and ornamental leaves. Ultimately, there is a banten or oblation dedicated to the ruler of Nature.

Galungan is commemorated every 210 days or six months of Balinese pawukon calendar. Based on the pawukon, this feast day falls on Buda Kliwon Dungulan. This great day is celebrated as the moment of victory of the truth against evil. At this moment, the Hindus are worshiping Ida Sanghyang Widhi, God Almighty, with all its manifestations as well as the ancestors believed to have merged with the Creator. They are freed from the cycle of reincarnation.

At that time, the Hindus worship at village trinity temples existing in each customary village, family temple, clan temple and so forth. The point is to express sincere gratitude for the God’s grace and ask for all sorts of strength and fortitude in order to always be grateful as well as courageous and brave in facing all kinds of challenges and obstacles of life.

All forms of praise are given in a form of penjor. It is also a symbol of mountain that brings prosperity and makes the soil fertile so that all plants can grow well and bear fruits for the sake of human life. Humans also grow along with nature, think, say and do virtues in order to always ‘result in’ good rewards or karma. Good karma is believed to be enjoyed during this mundane life or in the next life.

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So, every tourist that comes on the Galungan feast day will see a scene like this. There is a row of very beautiful pieces of penjor. It is beautiful in the context of ethics as well as aesthetics but also very full of ritual meaning. Visitors can see scenery of various penjor in front of house compound, offices, building and so forth. With a variety of designs and sizes, they come with one goal namely expressing gratitude to the Creator and ask for salvation that all beings on earth could get ultimate bliss.  (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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