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Burning of Demons during Bali Hindu New Year – Ogoh Ogoh Ceremony during Nyepi

The second day of Nyepi celebrations in Bali in Indonesia is known as Tawur Kesanga or burning of huge demons known as Ogoh-Ogoh. This ceremony is on March 8, 2016. Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu New Year, is on March 9. On the Tawur Kesanga day, evil or Bhuta Kala is burnt. Huge demons are made using paper, bamboo and other inflammable materials. These huge demons are known as Ogoh-ogoh and they represent the evil.

In a carnival atmosphere in the evening, Ogoh-ogoh is burnt in the street corner. It is a sort of warding off the evil and also a cleansing ceremony.

This ceremony is similar to burning of Holika or Holika Dahan before Holi in India. In India there is no fanfare and creative demons.

The Ogoh Ogoh ceremony attracts thousands of people. Symbolically, it represents the burning of all evil, hatred, jealousy and all that is inauspicious before the New Year which falls on the next day.

Quotes and Thoughts – Anandamayi Ma

Everyone thirsts for peace, but few people understand that perfect peace cannot be obtained as long as the inner soul is not filled with the presence of God.

Man’s mind is clouded by worldly ties. But there is no cause for despair. With purity, unflinching faith and burning eagerness go ahead and you will realize your true Self.

Time devours ceaselessly. No sooner is childhood over than youth takes its place – the one that swallows up the other. This occurs so slowly that one hardly notices it happening. But in reality, appearance, continuance, and disappearance occur simultaneously in one place. Everything is infinite; infinity and finitude are indeed the same. There is one thread in a garland, yet there are gaps between the flowers. It is the gaps that cause want and sorrow. To fill them is to be free. Anandamayi Ma

Melasti – The First Day of Nyepi Bali Hindu New Year Celebrations

Bali Hindu New Year is observed for four days. The first day is known as Melasti. In 2016, Melasti is on March 7, 2016. On the Melasti purification day, murtis (idols) of gods from temples in villages are bathed in the sea. People take bath along with deities. The ritual is dedicated to God Baruna (Varuna) – the god of the oceans.

Symbolically, by taking bath on the day with the deities, the sea purifies man's soul so he can embrace the New Year with a pure heart. It also provides an opportunity to take the blessing of God Baruna, the god of oceans.

Nyepi, or the Bali New Year, is observed on March 9, 2016. On March 8, 2016, the effigy of Ogoh-ogoh is burnt – a sort of cleansing ceremony.

You can read more about Nyepi in this article.

Today in Hindu Calendar – March 3, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 3, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi – fourteenth day of the waning phase of Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi till 11:14 PM. Afterwards it is Amavasya or No moon day. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or 14th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi or 14th day of waning phase of moon in Falguna month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi in the beginning. Then it is Kumbha Rashi. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatra till 11:07 PM on March 3, 2011. Then onwards it is Shatabhishak or Sadhayam or Chathayam Nakshatra. 19th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calen…