Banyu Pinaruh: Bali‘s Ritual of Cleansing one’s Inner and Outer Self
The beautiful island of Baliis not only blessed with astonishing nature but people around the world are also drawn here by Bali’s captivating culture and spiritual traditions that are still well preserved to this very day. One of these enchanting traditions will take place along some of the island’s most beautiful beaches when the Banyu Pinaruh ritual takes place on 22 January 2017.
Banyu Pinaruh is a ritual for self-cleansing performed by Hindu followers on the Island that takes place on Sunday after Saraswati celebrations.
On the day of Banyu Pinaruh, all Balinese head to beaches, rivers, springs or other water resources to cleanse themselves both physically and spiritually. The ritual starts at dawn around 05.30 in the morning just as the first rays of the sun begin to appear, when people start to walk to the beach as symbol of embracing the spirit and energy of a new day. Just like other rituals on the Island, there will be chanting of prayers as well as offerings of flowers and other gifts to the gods.
Peoplethen wadeinto the water to wash themselves, which isfollowed by the ritual of ‘kum-kuman’,meaningwashingwithholywaterthat has beenmade fragrant byvariousflowers thattogetherhave been blessed by the priest.
Not only locals,but everyone includingtourists are welcome to join in thistradition. Aside fromwashing one’sphysical body, Banyu Pinaruhis, moreover,intended to cleanseallnegative thoughtsanddarknessthat has remainedin the mind and hearts,not onlythrough thewater butmost importantlythrough theknowledge and wisdom imparted andcelebratedduringSaraswatiday.
The Banyu Pinaruh ritual also featuresthe tradition of drinking a local beverage calledRacem. Uniquely, racem is alocaldrink which is also lovedmanyinternational tourists.
This is your perfect opportunity to truly experience the magical spirit that is Bali. Be sure to rise early before dawn and join in this unique tradition held along some of Bali‘s best beaches that include Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Melasti, Pandawa Beach, and many more around Bali.
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