If you are a museum lover who loves exploring the various rituals of the traditional Balinese life, Yadnya Museum should be added into your itinerary. Obtain valuable source of insight on the rituals performed by the Balinese. It was founded in 1974 when the name was actually Manado Yadnya Museum, later changed to Yadnya Museum after being renovated with improvements with several addition to the collection.

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The Yadnya Museum is located in Taman Ayun Temple complex. This is where you can find a collection of objects mainly focusing on the ceremonies of the cycle of the human life. Items used for religious rituals are known as ‘Panca Yadnya’. The meaning behind it is the sacred offerings in five spiritual dimensions of Hinduism. Panca Yadnya covers the god of Yanya, Pitra Yadnya, the worship to the ancestral soul, Rsi Yadnya, the worship of the saints or Maharsi, Manusa Yadnya, the ritual of perfection towards man, and Bhuta Yadnya, the offering of the ‘sarwa bhuta’ or time.

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On the top floor of the museum, one can find¬† human rituals and Pitra Yadnya. Among these rituals is the human’s life cycle, from pregnancy, to birth, to pubery, to adulthood and then till its death. At the Yadnya Museum, visitors can get a visual picture on how the ceremony is done with the story behind it.

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At the back, visitors can see examples of the Balinese traditional houses, built from the concept of ‘kosala’.¬†This is where stage performances are held. The Yadnya Museum is very clean and spacious, comfortable and cool from the trees around the museum.

One of the ceremonies held here is the birth ceremony, ‘otononan‘. This is held 210 days after giving birth to the baby. As the child enters the age of puberty and reaches adolescence, , the ceremony ‘akil balig‘, or ngaraja sewala’, and a tooth waxing ceremony ‘mapandes‘, which has the meaning of self-cleansing from lust. When he or she enters adulthood, they have to through another important ritual to go through marriage, and as the life ends, there is a death ceremony, either a burial or a cremation (ngaben).

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Admission to the Yadnya Museum is free. This place is great for you who want to learn and explore more about the Balinese culture and traditions. Do drop by after you go to Taman Ayun Temple, it’s near afterall.

THE KENCANA RUNDOWN
Destination Yadnya Museum
Price Range/Entrance Fees Free
Opening Hours 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Jl. Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Contact +62 361 9009270

 

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