Choosing Auspicious Day Pursuant to Balinese Calendar

       EVERY activity in Bali is always referred to auspicious and bad days (ala ayuning dewasa) in accordance with Balinese calendar. Based on Balinese tradition, the selection of auspicious and bad days is based on the calculation of wariga and dewasa. Since the calculations are quite complicated, Balinese people are rarely memorized how to use it.

     Fortunately, with the shrewdness of a person in the calculations of wariga and dewasa he compiles a wariga calendar modified pursuant to international calendar (Gregorian calendar) better known as Balinese calendar. His name is (the late) Bambang Gde Rawi, born in Cemengon village. This calendar is widely used by Balinese, especially (Balinese) Hindus to choose auspicious and bad days when wishing to do something.

     By and large, Balinese calendar consists of several important parts such as 1). Header section includes the name of the month and year (as well as the international calendar); 2). Calendar body contains the date numbers (same as international calendars) and some signs, including red dot meaning full moon while black dot means new moon; Red circle means the holidays of the Hindus and red date is for national holidays; 3). The right arm: contains a list of wariga terms by date, with annotations regarding the auspicious or prohibition of carrying out particular activity / business / yadnya (ceremony); 4). Left arm contains the names of the day; and 5). Footer section contains a list of religious holidays, a list of piodalan or temple anniversary in great temples across Bali as well as some other good days.

     Today, by utilizing the Balinese calendar, Balinese people will not get difficulty to determine a good day based on wariga and dewasa. Here is a brief example how to choose a good day in accordance with Balinese calendar.

Auspicious day for daily activities

     For guidance of daily auspicious day is only calculated based on: 1). Pawukon includes ingkel, Rangda Tiga, Tanpa Guru, Was Penganten, et cetera; 2). Tri wara or three-day week consists of Pasah to separate, Beteng to bring together and Kajeng to get efficacy or reputation; 3. Sapta wara or seven-day week (Soma/Monday, Budha / Wednesday and Sukra/Friday, while the other days are considered not good); 4). Sanga wara or nine-day week (the best is Tulus and Dadi); 5). The core time period is only valid at certain time / hour, from particular hour through next particular hour.

Calculation of wariga

     Ingkel (taboo) starts from Redite / Sunday and ends on Saniscara / Saturday (7 days). The wuku number is divided by 6, if the remainder equals to 1 = Wong / related  Choosing Auspicious Day Pursuant to Balinese Calendar to human; remainder 2 = Sato / related to animals; remainder 3 = Mina / related to fish; remainder 4 = Manuk / related to poultry; remainder 5 = Taru / related to woody plants; remainder 6 = Buku / related to plants with jointed stems.

     Thus the calculation goes on as listed in the Balinese calendar widely sold in many bookstores or in the market. Right now, there are many authors of the calendar. They are the ones who have mastered the wariga and dewasa. Meanwhile, the type of calendar is not just the wall calendar, but there is also table calendar and so on. 􀂙 BTNewspaper

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