Bali – Balinese Hindu purification

The Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Welcome to Bali – The real Bali can be found where the rice grows and the Balinese people have depended on this method of agriculture for almost 2000 years. The terraced rice fields were carved by hand, with the help of some simple tools, and are being maintained by succeeding generations. The architecture – “Candi bentar” or split gateway, is a classical Javanese and Balinese gateway entrance commonly found at the entrance of religious compounds, kraton palaces, or cemeteries. It’s a candi-like structure split perfectly in two to create a passage in the center for people to walk through. The passage is usually elevated with a flight of stairs to reach it. A candi bentar is commonly found in Java, Bali, and Lombok. The temple is a UNESCO site, World Heritage on the list of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

You will see it everywhere, from the streets to tempels. “Canang sari” is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank their gods in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines in houses, and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering. A Hindu priest sprinkled water on the Balinese prayers. Hands to forehead, pick up flowers from offering, circle them around the incense three times, pray. Put those flowers on the ground. Pick up more flowers, circle them around, pray. Put those flowers on your head… Traditional balinese ceremony. It is tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself; however the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees.

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