"Jolotundo royal watering place" Trawas Things to Do Tip by theo1006

Trawas Things to Do: 3 reviews and 14 photos

  Jolotundo watering place
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  • Jolotundo watering place - Trawas
      Jolotundo watering place
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  • Jolotundo fountains close-up - Trawas
      Jolotundo fountains close-up
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  • Jolotundo inscription, the year 899 Saka - Trawas
      Jolotundo inscription, the year 899 Saka
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  • Ruins in the Jolotundo grounds - Trawas
      Ruins in the Jolotundo grounds
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  • Men - Trawas
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The most popular attraction near Trawas is this former royal watering place dating back over 1000 years. Jolotundo is just one of about 80 temple remains on the flanks of Mount Penanggungan, north of Trawas. Most of them are off the beaten path, but Jolotundo has had restoration work done in 1931, 1972 and 1990, and attracts visitors wanting to preserve their youth (awet muda).

An inscription in ancient lettering has been interpreted as the year 899 Saka = 977 AD. In that year construction of the watering place is said to have begun on the order of king Udayana, who was then 14 years old and had retreated to this place in East Java from his enemies in Bali. Udayana would have had the place built to impress his Javanese queen with the unpronounceable name of Gunapriyadharmapatni. From this union was born the famous king Airlangga, who ruled East Java from 1019 to 1049 AD.

The bathing place proper is set in a terraced garden of about 1 ha with more ruins of temple buildings. It was constructed in a cut-out of the hillside, from which the water never stops flowing. The central fountains would symbolize sacred Mahameru mountain, spilling its life-giving Amrta water into the ocean, i.e. the fish pond. (For a legend about amrta, see Kidal temple near Malang.

Youth-seekers can bathe in one of two walled pools at the back corners, men on the right and women on the left (when facing the fountains). They come in big numbers on the days Jumat-Legi, once in 35 days according to the Javanese calendar.

Address: Seloliman village, Trawas district, Mojokerto rege
Directions: 10 km from Trawas centre. Take the road north to Seloliman, and follow signs to ?PPLH?.

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2015
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