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Margarana Memorial Park, Bali

(5/5 based on a few reviews on the web)
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  • While off the paths normally tread by tourists, this site is important in understanding the independence struggle. The site of a 1946 battle between Dutch and Balinese forces, the markers (they're not...  more »
  • At the age of 29, the heroic Balinese I Gusti Nghurah Rai (for whom the airport is named), died in a puputan which achieved independence for Indonesia. The memorial park to Ngurah Rai and his men cont...  more »
  • It cost a lot find the site, not is if because in the local dialect call it otherwise or being a little away from the villages. What is certain is that worth the detour off the main road to meet squarely with the memorial complex. Once parked the car under a great ceiba, we are moving to the entrance. Around there are no houses, since it occupies the location, in a plain, of a battle between the Dutch and the guerrillas Balinese which took place in 1946. The closest thing is a village to the East of the place, which is what gives name to the area, Marga. Upon entering we see the monument of Margarana, surrounded by the tombs of the 94 guerrillas who fell in the battle of the Marne. After passing through the beautiful garden with several pavilions surrounded by a moat with carp and catfish, the symmetry of the monuments we found 1372 of the 1940s independence war heroes. The tombs not saved similar with the Hindus, since they are small meru-shaped structures that recall the ancient temples of the Javanese Majapahit Empire. It was at that point when I lived one of the most moving moments of my life. While he took photos of the graves, a family made offerings to his father. Seeing that I kept at a safe distance, observing, they looked towards me and invited me to come and put me on his side. With all my respect, I attached my sarong and knelt next to them. I was invited to eat the offerings of the dead, one of the highest honors that can be a stranger. Allowed me to even photograph them at their time of greater intimacy, in its communication with the deceased. There I understood the Balinese friendly soul, simplicity and your love. But we had to follow, so my steps took me to the central monument, where a communal bid was underway. This monument that we should not confuse a meru Balinese shrine was designed to symbolize the day of the proclamation of independence on August 17, 1945. Steps four and five small columns of the base represent the year (45), eight roof heights (August) month and the total height 17 meters the day. Symbolism, faith, harmony... tribute to those who fought to the end and gave their lives for their country. Loam is well worth a visit...
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