Tumpek Wayang

Honoring Sanghyang Iswara

Bali tour - Tumpek Wayang Ceremony, Wayang Kulit

A little known but interesting Balinese ceremony is ‘Tumpek Wayang’. The ceremony itself is artistic in nature and considered magical. Tumpek Wayang ‘day’ is believed to be the birth of various types of art tools and instruments, i.e. gongs, gender, puppets, barong etc. The Balinese are honoring Sanghyang Iswara, god of the arts and artists.

The interesting thing related to ‘Tumpek Wayang’ day is that when there is a child born during the time of Wuku Wayang (7 day period of Tumpek Wayang), the child will be at risk of illness and safety unless the parents perform a special ceremonial offering known as ‘Sapuh Leger’. Balinese Hindus believe doing ‘Sapuh Lepar’ will keep the child from the dangers of being hunted by Betara Kala, an evil spirit.

Tumpek Wayang is commemorated island wide is always celebrated on Saturday (Saniscara Kajeng Kliwon on the Balinese calendar) and every 210 days. Visitors who would like to witness this ceremony might be able to do so at one of the temples listed below. For more information when this ceremony will next be held or are interested to witness this ceremony, please contact us for arrangements.

Temple ceremonies are held at:

  • Pura Pedharman (all), Pura Besakih, Karangasem Regency;

  • Pura Bhatara Ratu Gede, Celuk Village, District of Sukawati, Gianyar Regency;

  • Pura Bhatara Ratu Widyadari, Cemenggaon Village, District of Sukawati, Gianyar Regency;

  • Pura Bhatara Ratu Alit and Ratu Lingsir, Singakerta Village, district of Ubud, Gianyar Regency;

  • Pura Pemerajan Gunung Sulang Village, district of Dawan. Klungkung Regency.


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