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Hindu-Buddhist Heritage & Balinese Spirituality

Hindu-Buddhist Heritage & Balinese Spirituality
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Exploring Different Religions & Cultures with Respect ...

Lighting a Diya(oil lamp) in the "Island of Gods" & burning Incense as an Offering makes your soul feel purified,cleansed of bad thoughts & negative influences.There is a duality in nature,high and low,right and left,day and night,clean and unclean and especially good and evil.It is the Yin and Yang of life and humans are caught between those opposing forces ...

In Bali,Indonesia’s Hindu island,there are temples and altars in different sizes and shapes everywhere.
In streets,atop mountains,clinging to cliffs,on the seashore,in the courtyard of every home,in hotel lobbies and holiday resortst where sculptures of huge gods guard the main entrances and decorate the lobbies.

In the lobby of Ayodya Resort there's an alter decorated with stone & wood carvings depicting gods,demons,creatures & characters from the mythology of Bali.

But who is this elephant headed deity with the large rotund belly holding fruit and sweets ? It is Ganesh(a),one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu Pantheon of Gods.He is the King of the Spirits,the Lord of Learning and Remover of both Material and Spiritual Obstacles.The elephant's head symbolises unmatched wisdom and the gaining of knowledge through reflection.
Interestingly,he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked...

Before you ask Ganesha for his favour,you must offer him your respect and reverence along with sweet smelling fragrances such as incense or fresh flowers.

However,no Balinese ceremony would be complete without Tedung.The satin Balinese Ritual Umbrellas were shining in the lobby temple and were in alignment and orientated towards Gunung Agung,the sacred mountain in Bali.The Yellow colour & the White symbolise the dedication to the Hindu religion ...

Respect to a nation that still preserves its Hindu-Buddhist Heritage with deep faith and fervour.

Besides,different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God ...

* Please double click to enlarge to see the details and leave your Offerings ... Thank you ... ♥ ♥

Religious Tolerance & Diversity
Date: 2018-02-08 10:35:20

Indonesia Indonesian islands Bali Ayodya Resort temples and alters hotel lobbies Hindu-Buddhist Heritage Balinese Spirituality sculptures deities symbols Pajeng Tedung sacred umbrellas offerings incense flowers oil lamps diyas religious tolerance religious diversity

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Wonderful image and writings dear the colours in the previous image too
She Shores 2018-02-09 21:48:33
Absolutely awesome shot. I really like this wonderful photo
aininemama 2018-02-09 22:41:45
A beautiful capture and very thought-provoking, thank you for tickling our brains, very important. Giving us a chance to understand other's points of view.
soniaadammurray - On & Off 2018-02-10 00:40:07
Suburb light and wonderful colors
jewel217 2018-02-10 02:12:52
Such a beautiful and spiritual portrayal !!!
Double clicked and immensely appreciated 🙏
Anne J ~ poetic photography 2018-02-10 11:51:38
Beautiful capture of this spiritual place ! Thanks for your description too ❤️
De Rode Olifant 2018-02-10 13:38:55
Çok iyi...tebrikler..
mustafaaydogan2 2018-02-10 17:33:40
Siempre quedará el recuerdo de aquel trágico día, un emotivo tributo a las víctimas
Alberto Ramos C. 2018-02-10 18:06:36
Wonderful to see, Doda!
BrigitteE1 2018-02-10 22:25:33
Wonderful photo
disdada 2018-02-11 22:22:30
henricazaux 2018-02-12 12:51:10
Maravillosa toma ,excelente encuadre ,bella luz y color ,besos,
teresopi 2018-02-12 22:07:27
My soul feels purified just by looking at your lovely picture, dear Doda and reading your interesting caption about Ganesha.
Thank you for the sweet comment (made me smile).
Happy weekend, dear friend. :-)
C-Aida 2018-02-17 17:41:34
We all have a way to reach for more ...
Great photo :)
VGPhotoz 2018-02-20 04:46:10
Magnifico este ponto de vista!! Parabéns Doda.
Dont´comment the same photo 2018-02-25 09:29:48
It is a religious heritage of great culture, wisdom and dedication for the influences of life. Wonderful image. Thank you for the beautiful text, my dear friend!
janeka07 2018-02-26 21:19:11
tsuping.liu 2018-03-03 04:04:08
A fabulous photograph
Steve Taylor (Photography) 2018-06-14 04:36:30
Beautiful image and your commentary is very much appreciated.
scinta1 2018-07-08 01:54:59

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