Bade Tower of A.A. Niang Agung Breaks MURI Record

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Bade Tower
Bade Tower

Nine – Tiered bade tower with the height of 27.5 meters delivered the corpse of A.A. Niang Agung to Dalem Puri Ubud cemetery, Friday (Mar. 2/). Thousands of residents spilled following the procession of cremation ceremony of Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati’s mother. People and foreign tourists unceasingly immortalized the rare moment. Moreover, it also

Nine – Tiered bade tower with the height of 27.5 meters delivered the corpse of A.A. Niang Agung to Dalem Puri Ubud cemetery, Friday (Mar. 2/). Thousands of residents spilled following the procession of cremation ceremony of Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati’s mother. People and foreign tourists unceasingly immortalized the rare moment. Moreover, it also broke the record from the Indonesia Record Museum (MURI) as the highest bade in the world.

Appeared to be present at the Ubud Grand Palace were the former (fifth) President Megawati Soekarno Putri and several ministers, including Susi Pujiastuti (Minister of Fisheries and Marine Affairs), A.A. Ngurah Puspayoga (Minister of Cooperatives and the SMEs), Arief Yahya (Minister of Tourism), Cahyo Kumolo (Minister of Home Affairs) and Basuki Hadimuljono (Minister Public Works and Housing). When the cremation (pelebon) procession took place they seemed freely watching the atmosphere of preparation around the catus pata (central intersection) by sitting on the ancak saji of the Ubud Grand Palace.

Bade Tower #2
Bade Tower #2

However, before the procession began the officers from MURI Record announced if the bade made for second wife of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati achieved the world’s record as the highest with the height of 27.5 meters, weighing up to 11 tons and carried by 3,910 people to Dalem Puri cemetery of Ubud. “This is our offering for the deceased, and this Bade was made for 1.5 months by my younger brother Tjokorda Gede Raka Sukawati with a number of devotional workers at this Ubud Grand Palace,” said Tjokorda Artha Ardana Sukawati while giving a speech after receiving the MURI award.

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Chief of Ubud customary village, Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa Sukawati, subsequently gave the command, so the procession started by raising the corpse to bade passing through a track tag or bamboo movable bridge. Tjokorda Gede Raka Sukawati accompanied by a number of relatives of royal palace was sitting in a place of the corpse on bade. Meanwhile, under Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati, Tjokorda Gde Putra Nindia and grandsons of the late, Cokorda Ichiro Sukawati and other relatives of the royal palace. In the meantime, Cokorda Ngurah Suyadya alias Cok Wah was riding the ox sarcophagus heading for Dalem Puri cemetery.

When the magnificent bade began to move, thousands of people and tourists who were present cheered them. Every 50 meters or one relay this bade stopped to change bade bearer. Along the road section to Dalam Puri cemetery, there were a total of eight times of relay.

Interestingly, amid the change of the bearers was seen the Bali Police Chief Petrus Golose, trying to take part in carrying bade. This two-star general carried bade on the shoulder by lifting pole carrier on the front. Bali Police Chief was accompanied by Director of Bali Police Traffic Affairs, A.A. Sudana who only participated in one relay.

This cremation procession also attracted the attention of the people and a thousand foreign tourists. Due to their curiousness, many of them climbed to the top of the building so as to watch the cremation procession with the highest bade. Due to being high and large, such bade was damaged in the wings. This damage occurred because the wings of bade hit a tree. Before arriving at Dalem Puri cemetery, it also stopped as hampered by a large tree. The people carrying bade slightly turned to avoid the tree.

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When arriving at the cemetery, suddenly Tjokorda Gede Raka Sukawati occupying the corpse on bade was fainted. Fortunately, a number of relatives directly held the bade architect. Then, a number of residents carried the senior figure of royal palace familiarly addressed as Cok De to pass the bamboo bridge at the cemetery. “He (Cok De—Ed) just feels happy and touched, this joy mixed making him so,” said Cokorda Ichiro Sukawati, the son of Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati. Cok De had fainted while still occupying the corpse on bade, but has arrived at the cemetery. Few moments after carried down, this lecturer at Udayana University also said to have awakened. “After that he has returned to be fine. It is okay he already recovered,” he said.

Anak Agung Niang Agung, the mother of Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati alias Cok Ace, died at BROS Hospital, Denpasar, on Sunday (Jan. 14). She, the second wife of the late Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, died at the age of 96 years. “My mother died on Sunday morning around 05:00,” said Cok Ace.

He said that A.A. Niang Agung who entered old age had been back and forth to hospital for several times. Three days before her death, the deceased was brought back to BROS Hospital. “According to doctor, her sickness purely happened due to age factor, where some parts of the organs have not been working properly. Lastly, she had lung problems with symptoms of shortness of breath, until she finally died,” explained this former regent of Gianyar.

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The corpse of A.A. Niang Agung was then taken to Ubud Palace on Sunday morning around 10:00. Ubud community with a number of children who at that time were learning to dance at Ancak Saji of Ubud Palace immediately welcomed the deceased’s corpse. “I think it is natural that the community enthusiastically welcomed because she is the last wife of the late my father who finally passed away as well,” he said.

Cok Ace explained that A.A. Niang Agung is the second wife of his late father Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, while the first wife is the late A.A. Niang Mengwi who died in 2000 at the age of 80 years old. The third wife who is Cok Ace’s own mother, the late A.A. Niang Rai, died in 2011 at the age of 76. “She is the second wife of the deceased father, though she is not my biological mother, I have been considered like her son. Along with other relatives, I consider she is like my own mother,” he explained.

In her lifetime, A.A. Niang Agung only had a daughter, namely Tjokorda Istri Sri Atun Sukawati. Until now, the deceased left ten grandchildren. “They include me and my brothers. My mother has ten grandchildren that she very much cherished,” he added.

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