"Melaspas" ritual of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. (IMG: exclusive)
"Melaspas" ritual of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. (IMG: exclusive)
“Melaspas” ritual of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. (IMG: exclusive)

BADUNG, Bali (BPN) As final phase in the recent completion of Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue construction, PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk. (Alam Sutera) as the company owning the park, held the Melaspas ritual at GWK Cultural Park, Ungasan, Badung, Bali

Melaspas is a Hindu purification ritual to cleanse buildings at a spiritual level. The Hindu believes in the world of the seen or Sekala, where the real world can be visibly seen in its physical form, and the unseen or Niskala, where the world can not be seen but is present and sensed.

The Melaspas Ritual was attended by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan. President Commissioner of PT Garuda Adhimatra Indonesia Sang Nyoman Suwisma, and Haryanto Tirtohadiguno, President Commissioner of Alam Sutera Group.

Fundamentally, the traditional and religious ritual series aim to foster harmony between GWK Cultural Park and Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, with the surrounding nature and humans. With this ritual, Alam Sutera and GWK Cultural Park have fulfilled the traditional requirements and adhered to Balinese community cultural wisdom.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue which is set to be the nations cultural icon has been completed, becoming the largest statue in the world and 3rd highest in the world. The entire Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue rises at a height of 121 meters on top of a pedestal. With the wing span of 64 meters, Bali’s landmark icon stands proudly on the top of Ungasan hill, inside GWK Cultural Park area.

To create the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, Alam Sutera conducted a number of technical tests to get the accurate configuration, including the wind tunnel test in Melbourne and Toronto. Construction consultants were brought in to ensure the pedestal that was the statues foundation was technically sounds.

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“I hope the Garuda Wisnu Kencana can be enjoyed by all the people as one of the great cultural heritage of the world, like Borobudur and Prambanan temple. It is wonderful and will bring positive impact from an art, culture, and tourism perspective and can provide meaningful contribution to improve the publics social and economy sector, for Bali specifically and Indonesia in general. I also hope all related stakeholders continue to work together, in order to protect and preserve this statue, so it can be enjoyed as well by future generations, President Commissioner of Alam Sutera Group Haryanto Tirtohadiguno said.

With the Melaspas ceremony, the traditional and religious ritual is complete. Therefore the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is now ready to be officiated.

Alam Sutera will develop GWK Cultural Park complex which is set on a 60 hectare land, as a tourism destination with its GWK statue, as well as facilitate cultural expressions that is ready to host international standard cultural multi events, indoor or outdoor that can accommodate up to 40,000 people.

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