A ceremony to celebrate Balinese heroics in the Puputan Margarana more than 70 years ago was held on Tuesday. (Antara Photo Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

The Last Stand


NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Hindus bring offerings and sacred objects to the Margarana Heroes Cemetery in Tabanan, Bali, on Tuesday. A traditional ceremony was held to pray for the spirits of Balinese soldiers who perished during the Battle of Margarana, when I Gusti Ngurah Rai and his Ciung Wanara battalion, numbering less than one hundred, committed a puputan (last stand) against the advancing Dutch army. More than 400 Dutch soldiers were also killed during the battle.