Entering Dukuh Demping village, the first thing you see is the hilltop temple. The twin volcanos Merapi and Merbabu are in the background.

The Dukuh Demping Village in Karanganyar on the slopes of Mount Lawu, home to a vibrant Hindu-Javanese community, is quickly emerging as a destination for spiritual travel. It is becoming a base for further exploration of Mount Lawu and Central Java.

Tinthir Festival in Karanganyar Village

During the Tinthir Festival, only oil lamps and lanterns are lit. All electric lights are turned off and a path of hundreds of lights (tinthir) encircles the village and the hill.

The Tinthir Festival is held every Wuku Wayang on the Javanese calendar. It opens with a prayer at Punden Desa, by chanting the Puja Mantra led by the Mangku (Hindu priest).

The Mangku then leads the Buta Yadna (‘purification of the elements’) ceremony by marching ogoh-ogoh around the village, which symbolizes the expulsion of all forms of negative energies from the village.

On Sunday evening, there’s a ritual at the Menara Dewa tower. Both Sunday and Monday, traditional market spreads across the village with local food, herbal drinks and other produce available. The Tinthir Festival is a moment of purification, but also an opportunity to showcase Hindu-Javanese wisdom for the visitors.

The residents sell traditional foods from their homes such as nasi jagung (corn rice), bothok (vegetables cooked with grated coconut), gethuk and gondomono (cassava based cakes), as well as jamu (Indonesian herbal drinks).

The festival also includes the Reog dance, the Jaranan dance and Karawitan music.

Water purification ritual at the shrine near Sendang Dasamala (‘Spring of Tenfold Stains’), aka. ‘Sendang Kamurniaan’ (‘Spring of Purification’) at Demping Jenawi

Menara Dewa (‘Tower of the Gods’)

The newly-built Menara Dewa (‘Tower of the Gods’) in Dukuh Demping is an octogonal wooden monument and a shrine to guide the seekers toward the harmony of their inner and outer natures.

For visiting and more information, contact Markus Ananda Oskari.

Hari-Hara (Union of Vishnu and Shiva) statue in Menara Dewa