Lubdhaka Canggu Residence, our hotel name taken from Lubdhaka story which is connected with Siwaratri (Shivaratri), a holy day to worship toward God (Shang Hyang Widhi Wasa) in Shiva form. Siwaratri is a meaningful day for Balinese Hindu people, because they believe on that day God Shiva is doing meditation for yoga, therefore the Hindus perform the activities that lead the self purification and focusing their mine to the God Shiva.

There are three way to doing self purification, Upawasa Brata (fasting), Monobrata (keep silent) and Jagra (keep awake). Siwaratri also known as the holy awaken day, when people doesn’t sleep all night to do the meditation.

There are several stages of fasting for celebrate the Siwaratri day, such as :

  1. Main (Utama) ; people doing the Monobrata (keep silent), Upawasa (Fasting) and Jagra (Awake along the night).
  2. Middle (Madhya): people only doing the Upawasa and Jagra
  3. Low (Nista) : people just doing the Jagra

Monabrata is done starting on the morning until at the night (12 hours). Upawasa is done starting in the morning until the next morning (24 hours), at the night (12 hours) people can start to eat rice with salt and drink water without any sugar etc. Jagra is done starting in the morning and ended at 6 pm in the next days (36 hours).

In Bali the Siwaratri day is connected with the story of a hunter called Lubdhaka written by Mpu Tanakung. He is known as the first man who doing the meditation on the Siwaratri day and he got a self purification from Sang Hyang Shiva; after he died, he stay in heaven even he was a hunter who has been kill many animals during his life, so Lubdhaka and Siwaratri is connected. Here is the complete story of Lubdhaka:

One day, on the night of Siwaratri, Lord Shiva as the manifestation of God doing a meditation or yoga and in the same time, there is a hunter called Lubdhaka was benighted in the forest then he decided to stay overnight in the middle of a deep forest. In order to avoiding the beast, Lubdhaka climbing trees and to keep awake he plucking and drooping down the leafs. Accidentally there is a phallus (linggam) of the Lord Shiva under that tree. So indirectly Lubdhaka perform the worship to Lord Shiva while he is doing a meditation.

Lord Shiva is very happy because Lubdhaka stay awake and “accompanying” him to do a meditation. Therefore when Lubdhaka died, and Lord Yama held the judiciary there are battalions of the army from heaven who were sent by Lord Shiva to picking up and bring Lubdhaka into a heaven. Actually Lord Yama wants to sent him to the hell because his job as a hunter is a sin; kill the innocent animals for his own pleasure. While Lord Shiva had already “love” with Lubdhaka who has accompanied him to do a meditation for one night, so he does the intervention on the judiciary verdict which is controlled by Lord Yama.

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