Buddhist monks, followed by devotees, participate in a pradakshina ritual during Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Vesak Celebrated Amid Rare Super Blood Moon Occurrence

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 27, 2021

Yogyakarta. Borobudur and Sewu Temples in Central Java has hosted Vesak celebrations on Wednesday that coincide with the super blood moon, a rare astronomic phenomenon that occurs when the eclipse came together with its passing the closest point to earth.

Dozens of Buddhist monks and hundreds of devotees participated in a pradakshina, walking around in a 'circle' ritual as a form of worship. They marked the celebration with the ringing of a bell and sprinkling of holy water around the temples.

At the end of the ritual, a Guru heartens every devotee to escalate their enlightenment stage by preserving the good deeds and teachings of Buddha Gautama. 

As the ritual goes, a so-called super blood moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples, during a total lunar eclipse in the Klaten regency.

The total lunar eclipse coinciding with Vesak Day happens once in 190 years, while the super blood moon phenomenon only repeats in hundreds of years. 

A buddhist monk carries flower during pradakshina ritual at the Sewu Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Buddhist monk carries flowers during the pradakshina ritual at the Sewu Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian police personnels escort Buddhist monks, followed by devotees, participate in a pradakshina ritual during Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian police personnel escort Buddhist monks, followed by devotees, participate in a pradakshina ritual during the Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
a buddhist prays during a pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman prays during a pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monks, followed by devotees, participate in a pradakshina ritual during Vesak celebration at the Plaosan Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhists participate in a pradakshina ritual during the Vesak celebration at the Plaosan Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monks pray during Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monks pray during the Vesak Day celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A buddhist monk carries flower during pradakshina ritual at the Sewu Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Buddhist monk carries flowers during the Vesak Day celebration at the Sewu Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monk sprays holy water during pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monk sprays holy water during the pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man prostates in front of a buddhist monk during pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man prostates in front of a Buddhist monk after the pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monks pray during Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monks pray during the Vesak Day celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monk stands in front of Borobudur Temple after pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Buddhist monk stands in front of Borobudur Temple after the pradakshina ritual at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Super Blood Moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples during total lunar eclipse in Klaten regency, Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Super Blood Moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples during a total lunar eclipse in Klaten regency, Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Super Blood Moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples during total lunar eclipse in Klaten regency, Central Java on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Super Blood Moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples during a total lunar eclipse in Klaten regency, Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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