Piodalan Ceremony at Grand Istana Rama Hotel Kuta Bali
On Wednesday, 23 March 2016, Grand Istana Rama Hotel main temple located Northeast building 4 of our room will celebrate the Hindu Temple Ceremony (Odalan). Odalan is the inauguration day of a temple, considered as its birth day.
Hindus Staffs at Grand Istana Rama Hotel prepare for all of the ceremony needs before the day of Piodalan. On Monday morning, 21 March 2016, the representative from all Departments clear Padmasana (temple) area and install the wastra & asagan on the Padmasana (temple), the Penjor (decoration from coconut leaves) as well as all of the equipments for Piodalan ceremony.
The rituals of Piodalan will be continued on the next day, Wednesday, March 22, 2016. Grand Istana Rama Hotel Kuta Bali will inform to Mangku (the Holy man in Hindus) at the five of Pura Kahyangan in Kuta area that we will do the Piodalan ceremony. Afterwards, Grand Istana Rama Hotel Kuta Bali will ask the holy water to Mangku, which is called Nunas Tirta and put the offerings at the Padmasana (temple), well known as Mekemit, on Thursday, 2 April 2015. The five of Pura Kahyangan are Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, Pura Dalem, Pura Penataran and Pura Dalem Segara.
At the same day was held Gebogan competition between of departments at Grand Istana Rama Hotel. Gebogan is fruit/ cake tower for offering to God. The Gebogan consists of fruits and traditional cake which are arranged neatly in a special pan, to form the composition of fruits and traditional cake that make up the tower with high artistic taste, thus forming a beautiful and attractive offering.
Piodalan ceremony will start on Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016. Management of Grand Istana Rama Hotel Kuta Bali will pick up Pedanda, the holy man who will lead the ceremony, in the morning. This activity is well known as Mendak Nak Lingsir. Before the holy man lead the piodalan ceremony, there will be Rejang Dewa Dance which danced by female staffs. Rejang Dance is an ancient dance which is performed only in a temple anniversary in inner courtyard of the temple to delight and entertaint the God and spirit. Rejang consists of a slow procession, participants conduct themselves with extreme grace and delicacy. It is a dignified and elegant affair. Afterwards, Piodalan ceremony is started with give all the offerings and pray to Sang Hyang Widi Wasa (the almighty) to thank and ask for the safety.
Given the special occasion, offerings made for Piodalan are more sumptuous than those served on a daily basis. As this is such a frequent event, you may be able to witness one of Piodalan in your trip to Bali.