Thousands People Follow Betara Turun Kabeh Ritual

Thousands of people who came from eight regencies and one city in Bali did worship together at the peak of the ritual Betara Turun Kabeh at Besakih Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Bali, on Monday.

The ritual led by six High Priests of Besakih ran solemnly and smoothly. Clinking sound of the bell, the smell of fragrant flowers and incense spread in the largest shrine on the island.

The prays of High Priests and Jero Mangku who led the ritual activity accompanied by the melody of traditional Balinese musical instruments (gamelan) and praising songs of kekidung and warga sari that went with reverence.

Besakih Customary Chief, I Wayan Gunatra, who is also Chairman of the Ritual Committee explained that Betara Turun Kabeh ritual is a meaningful ritual to invoke the presence of God Almighty bestowed salvation for humans, peace and prosperity and to avoid calamities and natural disasters.

Besakih Temple is the biggest temple in Bali, which has religious significance for the Hindus life, where the Gods rested.

Balinese people are maintaining the sanctity of Besakih because they want the Gods keep protecting and spreading peace on the Island of Gods.

“Betara Turun Kabeh ritual takes place for 21 days until May 5, 2014. It’s quite a long time in the hope that people can organize themselves to conduct prayers to Besakih, in addition to avoid queues as well as preventing traffic congestion on the path to Besakih temple,” Wayan Gunatra said.

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