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Thousands Flock to Ubud to Witness Cremation Ceremony for Anak Agung Niang Agung

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Several members of the National Cabinet and former Indonesian President and Chairman of the PDIP Party, Megawati Sukarno Putri, joined mourners at the cremation ceremony of dowager queen of the Ubud Palace, Anak Agung Niang Agung, on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Anak Agung Niang Agung, the mother of Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati – more commonly known as “Tjok Ace,” died on Sunday January 14, 2018 at the age of 96. She was the second wife of the late Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati.

Speaking on behalf of the deceased’s family, Tjok Ace, expressed his thanks to the State Ministers, Megawati and members of the public who attended the cremation ceremony for his mother.

Among the Ministers in attendance were: Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumulo, Attorney General Prasetyo, Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjuastuti.

Tjok Ace also issued his thanks to the Indonesian World Records Museum (MURI) who declared the funereal tower as the tallest on record at 27.5 meters tall and weighing 11 tons.

Electrical and power lines were temporarily relocated to make way for the massive procession of thousands of people who carried and followed the funeral tower through the main streets of Ubud on a path covering one kilometer from the Royal Palace to the Puri Dalam Puri on Jalan Tebasaye.

The immolation of the remains of Anak Agung Niang Agung at the Puri Dalam Puri took place after the procession left the Ubud Palace at 12 noon.

The actual cremation of the towering pyre required three hours to complete. thanks Tony Van Den Hout for his kind permission to publish photos taken during the Royal Cremation in Ubud.

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