The battle for the environment has very seriously resumed in Bali, after 2 and a half years of pandemic without customers and therefore without means. This is how Dajuma was able to offer 6 bins to the temple of Rambut Siwi to collect and recycle as much as possible of the waste left by the many visitors. Rambut Siwi Temple is indeed very sacred in Bali and visited by thousands of devotees every year. Its exceptional location on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea also makes it a tourist hotspot, particularly appreciated for its sunsets. A must visit during your next stay in Dajuma!
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This week a major event occurred near Dajuma, at the very sacred temple of Rambut Siwi, the famous temple of the lock of hair. Event that only takes place every 38 years called “Kaya Agung Menawa Ratna” and which is supposed to remind humans we are that we live in a finite world where health and prosperity are not a given. Message that takes all its value in this period of pandemic. Usually many to celebrate this event together, this time the Balinese had to stay at home and pray with their families to prevent the spread of variants of the virus.
One of the Jembrana’s annual event is the Jegog Festival which was held this year over 3 days, from December 3rd to 5th.
Jegog is a form of gamelan music indigenous to Bali, played on instruments made of bamboo. Born in West Bali in the 1920’s in a small village close to Dajuma, it has started to become popular in other regions of Bali and even abroad in Japan, Germany and the US.
The annual festival aims at preserving, developing and fostering Jegog as a cultural object of prime importance. It is a unique traditional music as a symbol of creativity and the original identity of Jembrana people and culture. This year, the festival agenda was particularly heavy with the participation of 84 Jegog groups from all around Jembrana (including school groups) and 2,520 artists. Hundreds of visitors, including our guests, enjoyed the exhibitions of the forms and types of Jegog and listened their unique sounds. Seminars attended by jegog artists, cultural figures, creators and observers of the Jegog also took place. On the last day, mass Jegog staging (Jegog Mebarung) accompanied by the performance of Joged Dance shown on the picture closed the festival.
Located a few kilometers from Dajuma is the famous and holy Rambut Siwi Temple. A major religious ceremony coinciding with the full moon took place there for 5 days, from July 5th to 9th. It is regularly held every six months, the participants coming from all around Bali to pray and ask the Gods to always protect the island from all kinds of natural disasters. The next ceremony will be held from January 31st 2018 and you are most welcome to participate in.
On the picture is the main temple called “Pura Luhur Rambut Siwi”. “Luhur” means high, major. Usually, this temple is the last to be honoured after praying in other temples in Rambut Siwi Area.
The Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali, located a few kilometers from Dajuma.
When the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha sailed across from Java, he paused at this spot and claimed it as holy. On leaving, he donated a lock of his hair to the villagers, who erected a temple and named it Pura Rambut Siwi, “the temple for worshipping the hair”. The gift is kept in a sandlewood box inside the central 3-tiered meru. Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site, set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front. Inside are shrines to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddes of learning and Dewi Sri, the rice Goddes.
A beautiful and authentic place to discover, especially at sunset!