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The magnificent and imposing icon of East Java, will be crowded due to a fascinating cultural Hindu event at the beginning of July. The Hindu Tenggerese people will offer to the crater of the active volcano Bromo. This is known as the Yadnya Kasada ceremony. This ceremony is held to honor Sang Hyang Widhi, and is based on the ancient legend of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger.

Yadnya Kasada ceremony at Mt. Bromo in East Java, Indonesia

 

Yadnya Kasada Festival is based on a legend

There are many versions of the legend that led to the Yadnya Kasada ceremony. One of them is that a couple named Roro Anteng and Joko Seger remained childless after many years of marriage. Therefore they meditated at the top Mt. Bromo and asking the mountain gods for help. The gods granted them 24 children on the condition that the 25th child must be offered to the volcano. Today, instead of humans, chickens, goats and vegetables are offered to the active volcano Bromo. Tenggerese offer in order to thank for the abundance of agricultural products and livestock, and to stay healthy.


Luhur Poten temple as part of the Kasada festival

On the Segara Wedi sand plain - also known as the black Sea of Sand - stads the Hindu temple called Luhur Poten. The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese living in the surrounding mountain villages. The temple organises the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese congregate at Luhur Poten temple to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and the God of Mt. Semeru.
The is a major difference between this temple and the temples one can see in Bali. The Balinese temples are made from red bricks, while the Luhur Poten temple is made from natural black volcano stones.


Visitors and tourists are welcome to watch the Yadnya Kasada ceremony

Everybody who would like to witness the ceremony at Mt. Bromo is welcome. Keep in mind that it is a crowded period and book your hotel far in advance!

We had experienced a very special ceremony on the volcano that day. We will not soon forget that beautiful sunny morning, standing atop of the crater of Bromo, witnessing this priceless ancient Hindu tradition.