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Melasti, Photo Gallery  

by on Tuesday, 28 March 2006No Comment | 2,784 views

Exactly 3 days before the celebration of Nyepi, most of the Balinese Hindus would carry out the “Melasti” procession as one of the series of rituals before the ultimate celebration of the Saka New Year. Through morning to sunset, the Hindus will flock on the beaches in all over Bali to purify the “pratima” (sacred object to symbolize God).

According to Drs.I Ketut Wiana, one of the Balinese Hindu figure, Melasti has a very deep substance, not only to purify the “pratima” or other sacred symbols. He said that in “Aji Swamandala” manuscript, it was mentioned that Melasti is also aimed to wash away the ”laraning jagat” (world’s pain), to cash away the “papa klesa” (sadness) and to clean up the “letuhing bhuwana” (world’s dirt), while in “Sunargama” manuscript, it was mentioned that Melasti is aimed to pick up the nucleus of live in the sea, through the ritual.

Melasti on Purnama Beach, Sukawati Gianyar
Date: Sunday, 26th March 2006


Melasti on Matahari Terbit Beach, Sanur
Date: Monday, 27th March 2006

Melasti on Padang Galak Beach, Sanur
Date: Monday, 27th March 2006

Melasti on Petitenget Beach, Seminyak
Date: Monday, 27th March 2006

Melasti on Seminyak Beach
Date: Monday, 27th March 2006

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