A married sulinggih (excessive priest/priestess) couple in Bali are relinquishing their standing as sanctified figures among the many island’s Hindu neighborhood after a photograph of them kissing went viral and outraged the general public.
On Dec. 23, Ida Rsi Bhujangga Lokanatha and Ida Rsi Gayatri held a celebration to have fun the latter’s birthday, wherein they had been photographed kissing.
Over the previous weekend, the picture attracted warmth from these in Bali who anticipated their sulinggih to be above worldly pleasures.
Responding to the criticism, Ida Rsi Bhujangga Lokanatha, who continues to be listed because the secretary of the nation’s main authority on Hinduism the Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI), mentioned he had no disgrace within the picture and was happy with the love he shares along with his spouse.
Ida Rsi Bhujangga Lokanatha was supposed to clarify himself to the PHDI this weekend, however cancelled the appointment over well being causes.
Amid the general public stress, the pair introduced this morning that they’re stepping down as sulinggih.
“I’m sorry that this picture went viral. It was only a peck, not a smooch, but it surely was perceived otherwise on social media,” Ida Rsi Bhujangga Lokanatha mentioned.
“I notice that this matter won’t ever be dropped and we’ll all the time be panned for defiling sulinggihs. That’s why now we have determined to cease being sulinggihs. We bid farewell.”
Ida Rsi Bhujangga Lokanatha mentioned he’ll nonetheless unfold non secular teachings and values following his resignation.