In addition to the big holidays in Bali which are better known as Nyepi and Galungan, of course there are also other holidays or celebrations, namely Siwaratri Day or what is known by Hindus as the night of Lord Shiva. Siwaratri itself is a holy day celebrated by Hindus in Bali by performing special worship to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Lord Shiva.
This Siwaratri holiday falls once a year to be precise on the Purwaning Tilem Kapitu according to the Saka Calendar or the seventh month before the dead month. This Siwaratri Day is a holiday that does have a special meaning for Hindu sedharma people, because at this time in his story Lord Shiva meditates so that it becomes a good day for his people to meditate while also contemplating themselves and worshiping Lord Shiva in particular.
In its own story, the celebration of Siwaratri Day is closely related to a story, namely the story of Lubdaka according to a Hindu lontar. Lubdaka himself is a hunter. It is said that one night Lubdaka stayed quiet in the forest, to be precise in the tree so that he was safe from wild animal attacks.
While contemplating his sins and promising himself to change professions from a hunter to a farmer, he picks the leaves of the tree if it is spiked and drops it down. Without realizing it, on that night which coincided with the day of Siwaratri, it turned out that the leaf he had dropped hit Lord Shiva’s Linga which was below him.
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Long story short, when Lubdaka died, his spirit who first went to hell was then taken by Lord Shiva because according to Lord Shiva Lubdaka had contemplated and dissolved his sins during the night of Siwaratri even though it was accidental.
In celebration, Hindus usually do prayers that start at night. Schools and temples such as Pura Jagatnata, which is located in every city in Bali, are always crowded with Hindus. After doing the prayer, the ritual of mekemit is usually carried out, which is to spend the night in the holy place while doing positive things such as meditating, reading the holy book, or just praying at midnight.
“This is every year the students always sit here after praying, because we rarely get together with friends while reading what books. The main thing is the positive things, “said Ida Ayu Ika as a Hindu Religion teacher at a high school in Denpasar. In accordance with this statement, not a few also pray at large temples, such as Pura Besakih for example.
Not a few students were very enthusiastic about celebrating this Siwaratri holiday until the next day penglukatan was held at holy springs or beaches. “I was excited because I got together with my friends staying up late until morning, and also went straight to the beach with friends,” said Indah, one of the students who was very enthusiastic about holding this Siwaratri celebration at school.
The Siwaratri holiday is a day that has the aim of giving Hindus the opportunity to examine themselves and the behaviors that we have done so far, so that on the night of this Siwaratri celebration we pray and ask Lord Shiva in his manifestation as a fusion god to give demands. in order to avoid negative actions and not repeat the mistakes we have made.
In essence, each celebration has its own meaning and purpose so as to give enlightenment to the people who sincerely carry out the celebration.