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In Bali: Spiritual Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Mass Purification Ceremony at Ulun Danu Batur Songan Temple on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hundreds of Hindu devotees in Bali are expected to attend a Pewintenan Massal (mass ritual cleansing) Ceremony to be held at the Ulun Danu Batur Songan Temple in Bangli on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The Pewintenan Ceremony is intended to cleanse the soul of sin and past misdeeds and is an obligatory “right of passage” (Yadnya) ritual for all Balinese.

Beritabali.com reports the ritual is sponsored by the Siddha Swati Educational Council (kepedulian Pesraman Pemangku Pedukuhan Siddha Swati) an organization that helps Hindus fulfill their religious obligations.

One of the organizers of the ceremony, Jero Mangku Artana, explained on Wednesday, November 27, 2019: “The Ceremony helps to reduce the expense of the ceremony without reducing in any way the sacred quality of the Pewintenan Ceremony (Rsi Yadnya). We wish to educate the public that obligatory ceremonies of the Hindu faith need not be expensive. What’s important is that the ceremony be carried out in accordance with religious protocols (plutuk) and that the person leading the ceremony has the proper authority to do so (matur tur patut).”

The coming Pewintenan Massal Ceremony is divided into three sections or groupings: Pewintenan Dasa Guna, Ganapati, and Panca Rsi.  The Pewintenan Dasa Guna is dedicated to those charged with leading or guiding religious rites, creating religious paraphernalia, preparing corpses for burial or cremation, or traditional healers. Pewintenan Ganapati is the second grouping reserved for religious leaders, those who prepare offerings (banten), and healers (Balian). Finally, the third grouping Pewintenan Panca Rsi is for religious leaders who are guardians of the three temples found in all villages: Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, and Pura Dalem.

The Pewintenan Massal on December 26, 2019, is limited to 150 participants and will commence at 10:00 am.

The ceremony will be conducted by three Hindu Priests: Ida Pandita Dukuh Celagi Dhaksa Dharma Kerti, Ida Bhagawan Viveka Dharma, and Ida Pedanda Sikara.

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