Tumpek Landep is celebrated every 210 days or six months on the Balinese Calendar Sanisara kliwon wuku Landep. It is always celebrated on a Saturday. Tumpek Landep comes from two words; Tumpek (or Tampek) which means close and Landep which means sharp. In this context Tumpek Landep comes to signify a sharpening of the mind and knowledge.
Balinese Hindus revere Ida Sang Hyang Pasupati who has granted intellect or the ‘sharpness’ of the mind and thus able to create machines and technology or objects that can simplify and streamline life, such as motorcycles, cars, farm tools and machinery, electronics, kitchen utensils and so on… That such items can be useful to humans appealed to Ida Sang Hyang Pasupati and are prayed over on Tumpek Landep.
Thus Tumpek landep is a day of worship to Ida Sang Hyang Pasupati and signifying science is magical or gives sharpness to the mind and heart. Tumpek landep ceremony also includes the ceremonial cleansing and purification of various ancestral heritage items such as daggers, spears and so forth. Around Bali you will see ordinary people commemorate Tumpek Landep by blessing tools and machinery and other items iron i.e. cars, bicycles, farm equipment, motors etc. and making offerings to them.
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