The “Dewa Yadnya” Set – Collection Of Bali Museum

The term Dewa Yadnya means the religious ceremony dedicated to God in all of His manifestation which is carried out in a temple or other holy place. The Dewa Yadnya is one Panca Mahayadnya (Five Great Yadnya) as describes in Taittriya Aranyaka 2.10. The Dewa Yadnya in Bali includes the ceremonies such as Memungkah or Ngenteg Linggih, a ceremony performed when using a building for the first time or renovating a temple. Odalan, a ceremony performed every 210 days. Betara Turun Kabeh, a ceremony conducted every one year of Saka Calender. Panca Wali Krama , the ceremony dedicated to God every five years of Saka Calender. Eka Dasa Rudra, every 100 years of Saka Calender.

The Dewa Yadnya set – collection of Bali Museum consists of a number of Pratima (certain God statuettes), Pralingga (mythological of God’s vehicle), Janggawari (a construction used to lay down the Pratima in the purification procession ceremony towards the sea or water resources), and a few of pots to keep the Tirtha (Holy Water).

Dewa Yadnya Set

I will tell you about Pratima and Pralingga collected by Bali Museum. Some items of Pratima are: Rambut Sedana, Dewi Saraswati ( Goddess Saraswati ), and also Siwa and Durga Mounted On A Bull.

Rambut Sedana is a Pratima to worship the God of Wealth. It is assembled by chinese kepeng coins. Rambut Sedana is beloved by merchants.

The Pratima of Rambut Sedana

Dewi Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, music and art. The Pratima of Dewi Saraswati is worshiped to bless the holy scriptures and literatures being held by Hindu family. The adoration is also to protect and avoid the devotees from laziness and unawareness.

Pratima of Dewi Saraswati

Siwa and Durga Mounted on A Bull is another Pratima displayed at Bali Museum. In Hinduism, Siwa is one of the Trimurti ( the three primary aspects of divine ). According to the Trimurti system, the creator is Brahma, the maintainer or preserver is Wisnu, and the destroyer or transformer is Siwa. Meanwhile Durga is demon-fighting of Siwa’s wife, Goddess Parwati, as described in Markandeya Purana.

Siwa and Durga Mounted On A Bull

Pralingga Macan is the God’s vehicle in Tiger form. Tiger is the vehicle of Goddess Durga. According to Markandeya Purana, the form of Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight a demon called Mahishasura. The Goddess Durga rode Her tiger and killed Mahishasura with Her trident.

Pralingga Macan - Flickr

One can learn more about Dewa Yadnya and spirituality at Bali Museum.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net/

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Vegetarian in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

On May 17, 2008 I went to Veggie Corner with Wayan Subakti. Veggie Corner is vegetarian restaurant in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. It is located at Jalan Imam Bonjol No. 133 Denpasar. Although it has not a large dining room, the restaurant serves domestic and international cuisine. At this time Wayan liked to have Nasi Goreng Seafood ( fried rice with “seafood” ) while I asked for Nasi Langgi ( rice with spicy Langgi, fried potatoes and sliced fried tempe ).

Nasi Langgi

At Veggie Corner Restaurant you can ask for vegetarian menu such as : Sate Oriental with peanut sauce, Grilled Soya, Fried Sealike Soya, Grilled Gluten, Fried Lakely Soya. The prices are about Rp 10000 to Rp 12500. It sounds reasonable for the price.

The other vegetarian restaurant in Denpasar is Veggie House. It is located at Pertokoan Sudirman Agung B12A Jalan Sudirman Denpasar. The restaurant is clean and comfort with air conditioner and television set showing Supreme Master TV Program.

Veggie House serves vegetarian pizza and burger such as: vegetable pizza, veggie soya meat pizza, veggie white pizza, veggie hamburger and veggie fillet burger. It use no egg mayonaise. Some Indonesian vegetarian soups such as: baso veggie, baso veggie special, baso sawi kuah and baso kuning are available, too.

I went to this vegetarian restaurant with Ramacandra. He loves to eat Nasi Goreng Omelet while I like to eat Nasi Goreng Oriental. The picture below shows Nasi Goreng Omelet served by Veggie House. The fried rice is covered by the omelet. I guarantee you will be impressed too. The price is Rp 12500.

Nasi Goreng At Veggie House

At Jalan Cok Agung Tresna no. 108 Denpasar, there is a place you can dine. It name is Bodhi Veg Restaurant. This restaurant has different atmosphere with two restaurants I mention before. Bodhi Veg has a tiny but pleasant garden with fountain. I think that it is a right place to dine in.

Garden At Bodhi Veg

Bodhi Veg serves vegetarian menu without egg, garlic, onion nor mushroom. The menu items such as Ikan Bakar (Grilled Vegetarian Fish), Ayam Bakar (Grilled Vegetarian Chicken), Sayur Hijau (Mixed Green Vegetables), Spaghetti, Tempura, Udang Bumbu Pedas (Shrimp with Spicy Seasoning).

If you go to Kuta or Tuban area, there is a vegetarian restaurant near the Ngurah Rai Statue in front of the Pertamina petrol station. It’s name is De Ra Sa Vegetarian, located at Pertokoan Graha Tuban Kav No. 6 on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai No 88 E, Tuban Kuta. De Ra Sa offers menu such as Nasi Bebek BBQ ( Rice with Vegetarian “Duck” BBQ ), Nasi Ayam BBQ ( Rice with Vegetarian “Chicken” BBQ ), Nasi Goreng Seafood ( Fried Rice with Vegetarian “Seafood ), and Seaweed Soup, and other Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine. De Rasa also offers special drink named Momocaca Ice. The price is Rp 7800. I like it very much.

Momocaca Ice

On June 7, 2008 I went to Chai Ken Siang Vegetarian Restaurant with Ramacandra. The restaurant is located in Jalan Teuku Umar Barat No 9X Denpasar, in front of Super Ekonomi Supermarket. Chai Ken Siang Vegetarian Restaurant serves daily special menu, that is: Rawon Vegetarian on Monday, Soto Babad Vegetarian on Tuesday, Pangsit Mie and Bakso on Wednesday, Nasi Campur Khas Bali on Thursday, Soto Ayam Veggie on Friday and Sate Gulai on Saturday. This restaurant is equipped with air conditioner so you won’t get sweat while you dine. At those time, we have had Kolobak and Cap Cay Goreng. It cost Rp, 8500 for Kolobak and Rp 8,000 for Cap Cay Goreng. In my opinion, this restaurant serves delicious Chinese and Indonesian cuisine.

Cap Cay at Chai Ken Siang

Chai Ken Siang Vegetarian Restaurant also serves special beverage named with Teh Susu Mutiara Asli Taiwan (Tea and Milk with Taiwan Pearl). Ramacandra and I like it very much.

Teh Susu Mutiara Asli Taiwan

I love to be a vegetarian since vegetarian and non violence is a secret precept for attaining everlasting life.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

Bali Museum

On May 12, 2008, I went to Bali Museum in Denpasar City, Province of Bali, Indonesia. Bali Museum is located at Mayor Wisnu Street, Denpasar. You can easily reach the museum since it is located in the center of the city of Denpasar.

Bali Museum has several buildings:

  • Tabanan Building.

Tabanan Building was a contribution from the royal family of Tabanan Kingdom. Its architecture is of Tabanan style representing that of south Bali in general. In former time such building was used to store the wealth and valuable properties of the king in the form of art objects as well as sacred equipments and tools.

The width of Tabanan Building is 155 meter square meters with two roofs, one under the other like meru shrine. Its original form is : a two-roof building, with one elevated room at the center surrounded by a solid wall (now only a glass bar), and equipped with a door in front and two small windows on the right and left hand sides of the wall. The surrounding and lower leveled veranda is equipped with a number of poles at its edge to support its roof. The space between the two roofs is solidly blocked to keep safe all objects stored inside.

  • Karangasem Building.

The name of this building is taken from the name of Karangasem regency of east Bali who has built this building in year 1925 for the Bali Museum. This building is in the form of the Balai Penangkilan (a meeting place) in the king’s palace of Karangasem with architecture of east part of Bali which has combined with the temple style and modified in accordance to museum’s need.

The Karangasem Building collects many items such as Wuku Calendar, Palelintangan (Bali Astrological Calendar), and Lontar Manuscripts (Manuscripts written at palm leaf cut into length about 20-40 cm).

  • Buleleng Building.

The name of this building is taken from the name of the Buleleng Regency of the north part of Bali who has presented this building to the Bali Museum in year 1932. The building is represents the style of a temple pagoda ( meru ) with the architecture of north part of Bali style which is normally built in the temple and has modified in accordance to the museum’s need.

The Buleleng Building displays traditional spinning wheel and loom. On Balinese loom, the warp is stretched between a heavy wooden structure and a sort of yoke shaped like a bow held by woman’s back.

  • Beji.
  • Resting Pavilion.
  • Split Gate.
  • Covered Gate.
  • The Wooden Bell Tower.
  • East Building.

The East Building of Bali Museum is built in 1969 by Pelita Project held by the Government of Indonesia during Suharto era. This two-stories building displays various pre-historical and historical collection of Bali, and also the development of art painting and sculpture in Bali since 16th century until present time.

What’s inside the East Building of Bali Museum ? Here you can find Stone Throne, Sarcophagus, Site Map of Bali Pre-historical Period, Hunting and Cutting Things of The Paleolithicum Period, Stone Tools of The Neolithicum Period, Sharp Weapons of The Paleomethalic Period and Traditional Weapons of The Modern Period.

The East Building of Bali Museum is also collecting Stone and Bronze Statues of The Ancient Period.

The Twin Lingga, Sandstone Statue, Priest Statue, Bronze Light, Jars and some types of ceramic of The Middle Period are also displayed at The East Building of Bali Museum.

  • Library Building.
  • Tickets Counter.
  • Security.
  • Conservation Lab.
  • Auditorium.
  • Administration Building.
  • Entrance Gate.

This is an interesting museum to visit. Do not forget to visit Bali Museum.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

Le Mayeur Museum

This article describes about a painting museum in memory of Le Mayeur’s work. The museum is located in Sanur Beach Bali near the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. It was built on August 28, 1957 with balinese style architecture.

A. J. Le Mayeur De Merpres was born on February 9, 1990 in Bruxelles, Belgium. He arrived in Bali in year 1932 and died in piece on May 31, 1958 in Bruxelles, Belgium. Meanwhile, his wife, Ni Nyoman Pollok, was born on March 3, 1917 in Kelandis Village, and died in piece on July 21, 1985 in Kelandis Village, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

At the end of Jalan Hang Tuang in Sanur beach, there is a walking track to the Le Mayeur Museum. The entry ticket price is Rp 4000 for adult and Rp 2000 for child. The museum is managed by the Provincial Government of Bali.

There are several buildings in Le Mayeur museum area such as Bale Bengong (Open Building), The Bali Night Cafe, Exhibition Hall, Pengijeng (Balinese Hindu Shrine) , Shrine for The Ocean God, and Exhibition Room.

The Bale Bengong (Open Building) at Le Mayeur Museum is used for a relaxation while enjoying the scenery of Sanur Beach. Le Mayeur himself often got inspirations at this place which he then poured onto canvas using his wife, Ni Nyoman Pollok as model.

Ni Nyoman Pollok built a cafe named The Bali Night Cafe. This is an open building erected by Ni Nyoman Pollok in 1970 to accommodate requests from the visitors who wanted to meet Ni Nyoman Pollok while having dinner together. This effort was successful at the beginning, but later on due to emergence of some competitors that cafe was then closed. The Provincial Government of Bali has now erected a similar open building at the ex-location of the cafe for the ticket and information counter and a place for relaxation as well at Le Mayeur Museum.

There is also an art shop beside the museum managed by Ni Nyoman Pollok’s family. The art shop is selling postcards of Le Mayeur’s painting. Come to Le Mayeur Museum and enjoy the paintings. Le Mayeur Museum is a nice place to visit in Sanur Beach.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

The Surabaya Zoo

This is an interesting place in Surabaya City, East Java Province, Indonesia. The Surabaya Zoo is located at Jalan Setail No. 1 Surabaya. You can find it easily on the map, near the Wonokromo Station. In front of its entry gate, there is a statue of the symbol of Surabaya, the Sura (Fish) and Baya (Crocodile).

I bought an entry ticket. It cost Rp 10.000 for adult to enter the zoo. Let’s go inside …..

There is a Map of Surabaya Zoo near the entry gate. I took a photograph of it. This map can help us to find our location as well as the animal location. Here is the map in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language). The title is Kebun Binatang Surabaya, means Surabaya Zoo.

The Zoo has rich vegetation and thousands of animals. The class consists of Mammal, Reptile, Aves and Pisces.

The mammals class consists of :

  • Tapir
  • Ceetah
  • Baboon
  • Camel

Camel (Camelus Dromedarius) is able to live in temperature up to 41°C (106 °F) at day. Camel can run up to 65 km/h (40 mph) in short range and able to maintain speed of up to 40 km/h (25mph). Because of its ability, military used camel as cavalry in past century.

  • Zebra
  • Capybara
  • Sambar Deer
  • Black Bear

Black bear ( Ursus americanus ) eats both meat and plant such as salmon, crayfish, nuts and berries. It also feed on bee larvae as a protein source. Black bear can stand and walk while it look at something since it hind legs are slightly longer than forelegs. It’s native habitat is in North America.

Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) is the tallest of land-living animal. Giraffe has a long neck to reach the leaves of trees. Giraffe can reach up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) tall for male and slightly shorter for female. Giraffe lives in savanna, open woodland or grassland.

  • Llama
  • Bison
  • Elephant

  • Anoa
  • Hippopotamus
  • Sumatran Tiger
  • Lion
  • Horse
  • Chimpanzee

The Reptile at Surabaya Zoo consists of Snakes, Komodo Dragon, and Crocodile. In my opinion, The Komodo Dragon are very interesting. They fed every 5th and 20th day month at 12:30 pm. These are the biggest lizards in the world. They can grow to a length of 3.63 meter and weight of 150 kg.

The Aves class consists of:

  • Green Peafowl

Green Peafowl ( Pavo Muticus ) usually spend time on the ground but roost in trees at a height of 10-15 m. Green Peafowl is only found in the forest or scrubland in Java Island. The male Green Peafowl has a slight crook in its neck and long iridescent upper tail feathers. According to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Green Peafowl is evaluated as vulnerable.

  • Cockatoo
  • Jalak Bali ( Leucopsar Rothschildi )
  • Pelican
  • Ostrich

The Surabaya Zoo is a very nice place to visit. I will come to this zoo next time.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

Vegetarian In Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Malang City is the second largest city in East Java, Indonesia. When I visited this city, I went to some vegetarian restaurants, such as Metta Vegetarian and Gardenia Bakery & Resto.

Metta Vegetarian is located at Jalan Simpang Wilis No.7, Malang. It serves Indonesia and Chinese vegetarian cuisines. The menu consist of Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Kwee Tiaw, Mie, Soup, Vegetarian Meal, Fried Vegetarian. The price is about Rp. 10000 to 12500 for Nasi Campur or Nasi Goreng.

The taste is good. Look at that dish full of vegetarian meat. I love it. I also asked Tempe Penyet, a traditional cuisine from East Java.

I will come to this restaurant if I visit Malang next time.

The other place is Gardenia Bakery & Resto. It is located at Jalan Raya Dieng No. 31, Malang. It is about 100 meter from Dieng Plaza. The restaurant has a large parking area and nice atmosphere. I impressed with the layout and lighting.

Beside that, Gardenia Bakery & Resto serves delicious Indonesian and Chinese vegetarian cuisines. You can look at the picture below. They serve it well.

This will makes sense for me to visit Gardenia Bakery & Resto next time.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

Vegetarian In Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

When I visited Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia, there are some vegetarian restaurants. As a vegetarian, I should find it to dine in. I will show you where to find it in Surabaya.

The first is Zhe Hang Veggy Resto. It is located at Jalan Walikota Mustajab No. 24 Surabaya, near the municipality office. The price is fair. No need to worry. It serves Indonesian and Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine.

Zhe Hang Menu

The other restaurant is Family Vegetarian Fast Food at Jalan Mayjen Sungkono No. 94, near the TVRI. It serves Indonesia and Chinese Cuisine, too. The price at Family is higher than Zhe Hang since Family equipped with air conditioner. I asked for a take away Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice). It served well in a box. I like it very much.

Mixed Rice of Family Vegetarian Fast Food

Well, Surabaya City served the vegetarian with excellent taste.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net/