On Monday (Jun 30), you definitely saw a lot of cars, motorcycles, bicycles and other equipment made of iron were installed on with a variety of offerings. Or you might also watch Balinese people dressed in customary attires busy praying. Understandably, it was the celebration of Tumpek Landep, a ritual prepared for weapon used by Balinese people in surviving their life.
A lecturer of the Hindu Dharma Institute (IHDN) of Denpasar, Ni Putu Winanti, said that tumpek was a sacred day denoting the confluence of a five-day week (Kliwon) and seven-day week (Saniscara). Unfortunately, Balinese people only understood it in terms of ritual alone, whereas the holy day retained many meanings.
Tumpek Landep falls every six months in Balinese calendar or every 210 days. The objects given ritual are all the equipment and weapons made from iron or other metals, to be invoked Lord Shiva Pasupati in order the weapons can be endowed with power and sharpness. Ultimately, they can be used according to their function. While the human mind can be adjured a sharpness and intelligence, so that they can use them appropriately.
“When Lord Shiva blesses the weapons and human, it will create a harmony. Otherwise, it brings in a hazard. In essence, it is an invocation of harmony of the weapon for the users,” said Winanti who is also Deputy Chairperson III of the Pariwisada Bali.
Winanti described that Sundarigama palm-leaf manuscript mentioned that tumpek ngaraning caniscara Kliwon yewekasang tuduh ikang sarwa janma, ayuwe lali sira ngastiti sanghgyang paramawisesa. It meant that on the night of tumpek was prohibited from doing any activities, because it was the conferment of happiness. “Lord Paramawisesa endows happiness to those who perform sacred contemplation,” she said.
According to her, the night of tumpek was also a literary appreciation night that should be carried out to purify the mind, deepen the religious literature as well as ponder the deeds (introspection).
In subsequent development, the Hindu community in Bali did not only give ritual to the weapons, but also all the things that could help them live the life. Some of them were cars, motorcycles, engines and other devices helping to make their work easier. (BTN/015)
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