About Us
Contact Us
Link Partner
Tour In Bali
Photo Gallery
Top Destination
Driver Team
Drivers Bali Info
  Map of Bali
  Bali Interesting
  Bali Travel
  Bali Transport
  Airport Transfer
  Car Charter
Bali Sightseeing Tour
  Bali Half Day Tour
  Bali Full day Tour
  Sunset Dinner Tour
  Bali Dance Tour
  Bali Packages Tour
Bali Adventure Tour
  Bali Cycling Tour
  Bali Treetop
  Bali Hiking Tour
  Bungy Jumping
  Bali Elephant Ride
Bali Water Aktivitas
  Bali Water Rafting
  Bali Water Sport
  Bali Cruises
  Bali Seawalker
  Bali Diving
Car Rental Service
  Suzuki APV 7 Seats
  Toyota Avanza
  Toyota Inova
  Daihatsu Taruna
  Kia Fregio 10 Seats
  Isuzu ELF 12 Setas
  Bus 25 Seats
  Suzuki Jimny
  Suzuki Karimun
tanah lot tour

Hindu Temple Ceremony in Bali


Every Temple and Shrine in Bali has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or " Odalan ", every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holyday.

The word “Odalan” is believed to have come from the root word “Wedal” and one of its meanings is “birth”. “Odalan” is to use to describe a religious ceremony commonly held to mark the birth of a temple. This is usually the day when the temple buildings are blessed for the first time, or the day where Balinese Hindus commences to bring offerings and pray in the temple. Temple festival may come once in 210 days following the “Wuku” calendar, Bali kind of calendar, thus a semi-annual celebration, or they may be an annual ceremony if they follow the lunar calendar. The later usually falls on the full moon (Purnama) and the most favorite full-moon-days are those in the fourth month in the Balinese system known as “Purnama Kapat”, full moon of the fifth “Purnama Kelima”, and the tenth “Purnama Kadasa”. The opposite, the new-moon-days “Tilem” is not usually chosen for a temple festival

during temple ceremony

The religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temples celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it last for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrines are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes painted brocade; slangs, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrines. In front of the shrines are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrines one sees, besides these umbrellas spears, tridents and other weapons, the “umbul-umbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness.

temple ceremony
during temple ceremony

In front of the temple gate people put up “penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully with ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. These “penjors” give the place a very festive look. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kind of fruits and colored cakes, to the temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which they carry their load on their heads. The offerings in some areas are high as the carriers. These offerings are put in front of the shrines where the owners want to worship. A priest officiates and after he has recited his prayers he sprinkles holy water on the offerings and the people, blessing them in this way. For the people the ceremony is over and they carry their offerings back home and have feast later. Only a small tray with petals of flowers is left behind.

There are thousands of temple in Bali consisting of public temples, the family shrines and the “functional” temples such as those devoted to the goddess of trade, the rice goddess, and each of them has an Odalan festival, so practically speaking, there isn’t any day free from Odalan or ceremonies of the like, on the Bali Island. If you want to witness one of those interesting odalans, you we can arrange the itinerary for you to see temple festival or Odalan.

Melasti Ceremony Galungan and Kuningan Day Nyepi Day
Cremation Ceremony Temple Ceremony Wedding Ceremony

Copyright By Driversbali | Balli Transports 2010 all right reserved
Address: Jl. Raya Beringkit - Bedugul, Br. Belang, Sembung, Mengwi, Badung, Bali - Indonesia.
Email: info@driversbali.com Tlp: +62 81 999036130 Fax: +62 361 829056 Mobile phone: +62 81 2397 7705