The native Tenggerese community that lives on the slopes of the magnificent Mount Bromo, the imposing icon of Eastern Java, will lead his age ritual ceremony named YadnyaKasada Mount Bromo. The YadnyaKasada is a festival held each fourteenth day of the month Kasada from the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. This ceremony is held in honor of Sang Khan Widi, Almighty God, and is based on the old legend of RoroAntena and JokoSeger. Legend has it that a couple named JokoSeger and RoroAnteng remained childless after several years of marriage. To ask for kids, they meditated atop Mount Brom, begging the mountain gods for assistance.
The gods allowed them 24 kids on condition that the 25th kid must be thrown to the volcano as a human sacrifice. The gods ask was observed, and thus the tradition of offering sacrifices thrown to the crater of the volcano to appease the deities carries on until today, nonetheless, of course, without the human sacrifice. Instead, today poultry, legumes, and vegetables have been thrown into the crater for supplying. YadnyaKasada is observed by the Tenggerese, among whom are also villagers of Ngadas, believed to be descendants of the aristocracy of the once strong thirteenth-century Majapahit kingdom in East Java.
In the autumn of the Majapahit Empire – whose iconic temple is the WringinLawang temple – they fled and took refuge along the upper slopes of Mt. Bromo. Even though the majority of Javanese today have converted to Islam, this distinctive community, yet, continued to cling to their old beliefs from the time of Majapahit before this day. Comparable into the Balinese Hindu, the Tenggeri cult Ida Sang HyangWidiWasa, the Almighty God, with the Trimurti gods of Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu, with added elements of Animism and Mahayana Buddhism. On the day of YadnaKasady long before dawn, devotees who’ve awakened Mt. Bromo, will pray together atop the mountain then throw their offerings to the crater. The offerings include veggies, fruits, livestock, flowers in addition to money, and are extended in thanks to a lot of agricultural produce and livestock given to them. Occasionally locals clamber down to the crater despite apparent dangers, to recover the goods that are missing, that is believed to bring them a good fortune.