PEGAJAHAN VILLAGE, BALINESE SLUM IN SERGAI
Do you want to know the daily life of Balinese of Hindu community? We do not have to go to Bali Island; we can merely come to Pegajahan Village, 12 km far from Perbaungan. Here besides the Balinese ethnic community is still tied to the Balinese tradition. When we enter the area of Pegajahan Village, Perbaungan District, we will feel like in Bali Island. We can find the typical Balinese decorated gates at the front part of several roads into the Villages. Many people call these Villages in Pegajahan as Balinese slum. People said that the Balinese people living in Sergai are the contracted labors imported directly from Bali Island by the plantation company, PTPN IV Adolina in 1962. There were 53 heads of family or about 200 residents in Pegajahan Village. This community was juxtaposed with a number of plantation labors coming from diverse ethnics; Javanese, Borneo, Simalungun, Tapanuli, and Malay. Even though it is far from their hometown, this community still holds their custom and belief. In about 1989, a temple was built in IIB Pegajahan slum with the help of some Balinese residents living in many parts of North Sumatra. This temple was named Penataran Dharmaraksaka and it is full of Hindu Balinese at least twice a month for praying at the full moon and at the dark moon. The ceremony is led by the Priest Wayan Gio. Because of the small community, these Balinese people have a strong relation one another. They visit the other Balinese people living out of Sergai.
The uniqueness in Pegajahan Village makes a lot of people think it is good enough to be a tourism object. It is always felt by Negah. There are always people who come to the temple to look around or just to feel like in Bali. Furthermore, the area of Pegajahan Village is known as the home industry area with a lot of small business craftsmen. If this region is promoted, the society economy will increase.