"The grave of a princess from Champa" Trowulan Off The Beaten Path Tip by theo1006
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Who was Putri Campa, when did she live and who did she marry? Having consulted several sources after visiting her supposed grave we remain confused.
She was a princess from the kingdom Champa in present-day southern Vietnam, so much seems certain. The booklet of the East Java Historical Authority (BP3) states that she married the last king of Majapahit, Bra Wijaya V, based on the Javanese chronicles 'Babad Tanah Jawi'. But at the same time it is admitted that the year on the headstone, Saka 1230 = AD 1308 does not fit in, because that year falls in the reign of the first king, Raden Wijaya Kertajaya Jayawardhana.
The contradiction seems to be resolved in the Balinese history site http://sejarah-puri-pemecutan.blogspot.com/ where the year on the headstone is given as Saka 1370 = AD 1448. But do the old characters really allow two interpretations?
On the other hand, Bernard Vlekke writes is his authoritative history of Indonesia 'Nusantara': “We also know that Kertanagara had married a princess of Champa (southern Vietnam) ....”. Kertanagara was the last king of Singhasari, the kingdom preceding Majapahit, which fits better with the year Saka 1230.
Again, the cemetery with Putri Campa's grave is essentially a muslim cemetery. According to the site http://www.eastjava.com are buried here 'the royal Mahapahit family members who had converted to Islam'. Which seems odd because Bra Wajaya V remained a Hindu to the end of his life after having been ousted by his son Raden Patah who had converted to Islam.
We tend to believe Bernard Vlekke and to disregard the account in Babad Tanah Jawi, the purpose of which latter seems to have been to write the religious war out of history. Or could it be that twice in history a Javanese king married a princess from Champa?
Directions: It's near the north-eastern corner of Segaran Pool. Therefore not far from the Majapahit Information Centre.
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