Ubud, Peliatan palace
Thousands people of local and foreigners jammed the main road of Peliatan village- Ubud, on Tuesday November 2nd. They paid their last respect to the late King of Peliatan, Ida Dewa Agung Peliatan who passed away on August 2010. Many locals were involved to make this biggest royal cremation going smoothly. Meanwhile the foreigners seem don’t want to miss this royal procession by capturing this grandeur they never see before using camera, on the side of the road.
Police officers and traditional security officers named Pecalang tried to prevent the force of people who would like to watch the grand procession from the closer area. They then made a posse so that the series of ceremony was not bothered by thousands of people. The same thing was also done by these officers on the previous days when the royal family brought Naga Banda (dragon effigy) from Ubud Palace to Peliatan Palace. On that day, the royal family chartered two elephants to transfer the Peliatan King’s successor, Cokorda Putra Nindia.
Indeed from couple of months ago, the royal family of Peliatan had prepared all things for the cremation. As the result started from a week before the peak day, the 11-tiered cremation tower embellished with golden flower, Naga Banda, and white giant bull effigy were ready and placed in front of Peliatan Headman’s office. Needless to say, on every single day many foreigners and locals came to this place and took pictures of 8-meter-tall white bull effigy and the sumptuous 25,5-meter-tall cremation tower in which Balinese call it as Bade. The white bull effigy was not an ordinary effigy. The details were so captivating and the horns were made from 22-carat gold.
On November 2nd, the deceased of Peliatan King which had been laid into the Bade was carried by thousands of Peliatan people from the palace to the cremation site. This Royal Cremation involved people from 34 banjar and 7.200 pallbearers. The cremation tower, Naga Banda, and the white bull effigy were then burnt in flames together with the body of King of Peliatan IX, Ida Dewa Agung Peliatan.