Power of Prayer?: Hindus Hold Ceremonies for Active Volcano Mt. Agung to Pray That Island Is Spared

A man monitors during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung at Rendang subdistrict in Klungkung regency on Bali island on September 21, 2017.
Authorities have raised alert levels for a volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after hundreds of small tremors stoked fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA 

BALI, INDONESIA, September 22, 2017 (Coconuts Bali): Balinese Hindus have been conducting a number of ceremonies at Mt. Agung, trying to prevent a deadly eruption from the volcano, while Muslims across the island have been getting together and likewise praying that the island is spared from a great natural disaster. Agung, a volcano located in Karangasem, Bali, has shown increased activity with its alert status getting upgraded two times in the past week. Local residents living near the volcano have been evacuated in anticipation of a possible eruption. To make everyone a little more tense, a 5.7 earthquake was detected in the Java Sea, northwest of Bali, on Wednesday night, triggering a tsunami warning.

Agung, the highest peak on the island, holds a special place in the hearts of Balinese. The volcano is regarded as sacred and is often the site of religious ceremonies. Late on Wednesday, a Tilem — or new moon — ceremony was conducted by Balinese Hindu communities around the island, while a larger ceremony was also held at Bali’s mother temple, Besakih, on the slopes the volcano. The ceremony at Besakih was held by the provincial government of Bali. The governor, Made Mangku Pastika was even present. The governor said he encourages people of all religions to pray that Agung does not erupt.

Source: Coconuts Bali