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Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest in Tabanan Bali30 March 2011
On having an excursion to Alas Kedaton tourist object, we can watch the amusing behavior of monkeys and flying fox hanging on trees or fertility of forest providing food for the residents.
When exploring this tourist object, we can also fell the sanctity aura of the DalemKedaton temple having the distinctive ngerebeg ceremony tradition. This sacred ceremony is usually held at the pinnacle of the temple anniversary or piodalan fall every six months (210 days) on Anggara Kasih Wuku Medangsia or ten days after the feast of Kuningan holiday.
The ngerebeg procession is remarkably unique. All devotees bringing various temple paraphernalia such as banners, umbrellas and long pennants surround the temple while running for three times counterclockwise. While the sanctified effigy in the form of Barong and Rangda are carried as if watching the procession. The procession itself is accompanied by Baleganjur gamelan music combined with the sound of kulkul
Uniquely, devotees are not allowed to light incense or any kind of fire on the mass prayers. Then, when cleaning up the temple courtyard people do not use a broom, but use a stick with a poke and then collect the rubbish in one place.
The front row usually consists of ritual paraphernalia and followed by sanctified effigies like Barong Ket, Barong Landung and Rangda. Then, the following row consists of women carrying the gebogan or canang oblation they have prepared and accompanied by baleganjur gamelan music. Each hamlet sends 150 participants along with their own distinctive customary attires. The ceremony starting from preparation of the ceremony, kitchen services (ngebat) until the implementation of temple anniversary should be finished accomplished before sunset.
According to local people, the Dalem Kedaton Temple was a heritage estimated to have existed since hundreds of years ago. Even, no one of Kukuh community was able to ensure when the temple was built. Meanwhile, its division was similar to that of other temples in Bali , such as having innermost courtyard with 6 shrines, middle courtyard without shrines, gamelan pavilion, dining area (pewaregan), meeting hall and outermost courtyard as the front yard of the temple.
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