We have seen rise in conversion in last few years. People are getting converted to other religion. We are also seen people returning back to their old religion. A new term for those has been coined by VHP, which is Ghar Wapsi. And now Kanjeng Raden Ayu Mahindrani Kooswidyanthi Paramasi, the Princess of Java has converted to Hinduism.
The Princess of Java went through a Sudhi Wadani Ritual few months back in the Pura Luhur Catur Kanda Pat Sari of Bali. This ritual can be described as an initiation into Hinduism, one of the major minority religions which are seeing a major boost as many are returning to its fold, attracted by its philosophy. Sudhi Wadani ritual of the Princess was led by a Hindu priest, Ida Sari Galuh Wiku Sri Bhagawan Putra Natha Nawa Wangsa Pemayun, who hails from Bali.
It began with the purification ritual, followed by the priest chanting the second stanza of the Puja Tri Sandya (Narayana mantra), and the third, and also the last one being, the chanting of the Gayatri Mantram. After the ritual, the Princess of Java, Kanjeng Mahendrani, officially became a Hindu.
The Princess has also vowed that she will build a pasraman (ashram) in Bali which will boast of a blend of Javanese, Bali, and Nusantara culture. After undergoing the Sudhi Wadani ritual, the Princess, who earlier had a serious demeanor, was seen smiling ear to ear.
The Princess of Java had said that she felt grateful as her brother also supported her move of adopting Hinduism. Further, she said that her desire to “return to the Dharma path was exactly what she wanted to do for a long time.”
Kanjeng Mahendrani even said that even before officially becoming a Hindu she followed the prayers in the Temples. The Princess said that her desire to become a Hindu was her exercise of her free will as she always felt peaceful when praying in a Temple or whenever she participated in a Hindu procession or Kejawen.
According to Princess of Java, Kanjeng Mahendrani, her entire family supported her decision to return to the path of Dharma as a Hindu.
The Princess was born in Rome, Italy in 1961 and is one of the major personalities of Indonesia.
Hinduism in Indonesia is practised by 1.7% of the total population, and by 83.5% of the population in Bali as of the 2010 census. Hinduism is one of the six official religions of Indonesia.In 2010, there were an estimated total of over 4 million Hindus in Indonesia according to Indonesian census. The country is Muslim dominated.
Indonesia was more of a proto-hindu state before independence from the Dutch. The names to this date proudly display their ancient Hindu lineage.