Eka Dasa Ru­dra

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USU­ALLY HELD just once ev­ery hun­dred years, the Eka Dasa Ru­dra, which trans­lates

as the eleven forms of Ru­dra - a pow­er­ful de­mon - is an is­land­wide cleans­ing cer­e­mony that cul­mi­nates in a se­ries of an­i­mal sac­ri­fices at Pura Be­sakih on the slopes of Gu­nung Agung. A mis­cal­cu­la­tion in the tim­ing of the cer­e­mony in 1963 is be­lieved to have led to the ma­jor erup­tion of that year, which just goes to show that Ru­dra is not to be

messed with.

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