Over-Water Road in Bali Featured with “Pelinggih”

DENPASAR

The road over the waters (JDP) connecting Benoa sea-port-Ngurah Rai Airport Nusa Dua, Bali, will include “pelinggih” or place of worship.

“We used to start building something with ‘yadnya’ (ritual ceremony), then towards the end, of course, have to do ‘yadnya’ anyway., Where also will be created a ‘pelinggih’,” said the Hindu leader Ida Pedanda Gede Putra Bajing when had an audience with the Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika in Denpasar.

According to Pedanda, the construction of “pelinggih” and the ritual are based on belief in accordance with the Hindu community in Bali.

He admitted that he had met with PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol to inquire on the need of making shrines along the 12-kilometer JDP project.

“The ‘pelinggih’ is planned to be placed on the West side of the highway near the entrance from the Ngurah Rai Airport. It is planned at the entrance from the West facing East,” he said.

He added thatthe ritual will be implemented before it is inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The ritual ceremony is in the form of “pemelaspasan”, “pecaruan” and “pakelem”.

Meanwhile, Governor Made Mangku Pastika fully supports the plan and asked the Head of the Bureau of Public Welfare and the Head of the Bali Provincial Public Works Department to assist the smooth implementation of the ceremony.

“The existence of this shrine is important for us as Balinese people,” he said. Pastika said that JDP will be unveiled on July 13, 2013 by President Yudhoyono.

The former police chief of Bali expected that by the completion of JDP work, then traffic jam can be overcame and allow a tourist attraction.

“For the name, we still discuss it, which are the most likely and most appropriate to the conditions,” he said.

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