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  • Writer's pictureWayan Yantir

Understanding the differences between Bali’s hinduism and India’s hinduism.

Hinduism, similar to some other religion, cuts across areas and limits. It's bolting to know how Hinduism in Bali cleared its direction in the country.

Both the countries practice Hinduism starting from normal roots be that as it may, the nations vary in discernment, grasping, consideration, and spread of the religion which I will feature in this article.

It's shocking to grasp the way that the world's biggest Muslim populace harbors inside it a Hindu realm of such elaborate position. Comprising a sum of 1.7% of the complete populace of Indonesia, Hinduism is one of the six significant religions of the island country. The direction of its appearance is just about as captivating as its foundation in Bali.


The earliest proof of the appearance of Hinduism in Bali traces all the way back to the first 100 years. A social mixture and change of thoughts from the Chola Empire implanted itself through layers of communication with the Srivijaya Empire of Indonesia.

Adaptations of the Hindu legends Mahabharata and Ramayana should be visible throughout the entire existence of Hinduism in Bali frequently ascribed to the approaching in of Hindu shippers to Indonesia.

This is as opposed to the rise of Hinduism in India.

Having its starting points in the Iron Age, Hinduism arose in India as soon as the Indus Valley Civilization. Accordingly tracking down its spot in the Vedic practices of 1500-600 BCE.


Regardless of having normal roots, the strict philosophy rehearsed in Bali, Indonesia is that of Agama Hindu Dharma and the one rehearsed in India is Nigama Dharma.

Agama Dharma basically envelops the profound convictions of Hinduism managing the possibility of Tantrism. It manages conventions of yoga, cosmology, philosophical thoughts and the religions of Shiva (Shaivism), Vishnu (Vaishnavism) and Shakti (love of the goddess).

Then again, Nigama Dharma is related with Agama as well as Vedic and Puranic Hindu practices. It finds its causation in the Yajna-samstha or conciliatory formal practices as celebrated in the Epic and Vedic periods by rulers to acquire success and abundance.


While some deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Hanuman and avatars of Shakti (Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi) are common to both the Balinese and Hindu collection, celestial beings, Yakshas (caretakers), Yakshinis, and sea serpents constitute an integral part of Balinese worship.

References to temples of Ganga and Parvati have often been made. The phallic cult of Shiva is prevalent in Bali too, however, the lingas very often represent the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and not simply Shiva as is done in India.

Interestingly, elaborate statues and sculptures of the various characters of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana dot the landscape depicting an Indo-Balinese link where even neglected characters like Sehadeva and Nakula are celebrated.


A large portion of the Indian celebrations depend on Vedic and Epic practices and reciting of mantras, while most Balinese customs are from the first profound enlistment of Hinduism and not a result of contemporary recitation and understanding.

The celebration of Nyepi or 'The Day of Silence' is identical to the celebration of Diwali in India. It is generally celebrated by all Balinese Hindus and comprises of not talking, fasting and reflecting for an entire day finishing in the festival of the new year.

Nyepi, a day for self-reflection and understanding, without any trace of all types of diversion is depressed in dimness.


Balinese sanctuaries are an indispensable piece of the Hindu people group of Indonesia as well as of the family. Every town has its own sanctuary called a Pura Desa meaning the 'town sanctuary'. The houses are open, nature-driven and comprise of a sanctuary each.

Explicit spaces are ascribed to sanctuary working in Bali. They are complicatedly cut pillared designs yet are basic and quiet.

Indian sanctuaries, then again, are clearly, divinity icon installed, dominatingly custom driven and can jump up anyplace. Balinese sanctuaries are peaceful and are generally not inserted with symbols of divinities.


The Balinese have faith in offering anything they can manage or get a kick out of the chance to divine beings and goddesses. Right from blossoms, incense sticks, cash, rice, to cigarettes, liquor, chocolates which are kept before their homes, shops and divinities for thriving not at all like in India where transcendent contributions to divine beings incorporate organic products, seeds, blossoms, leaves and in uncommon cases liquor.

It's totally stunning to comprehend the way that something as old and endemic to India will find a spot in a nation like Indonesia. The sensational ideas of Hinduism in India can vary charitably in Bali yet never stop astonishing.

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