"Mangkunegaran Palace [Keraton Mangkunegaran]" Solo Things to Do Tip by Goldenboy
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Some will said, Mangkunegaran is a more impressive than the more visited one of Hamengkubuwono at Yogyakarta and indeed it is older brother, Kasunanan in Solo (Surakarta).
The palace building is made up of three parts in different levels, each representing the three stages of life: beginning, middle and end. It is dominated by huge central joglo which sits majestically over a cool marble floor. It is surrounded by well-tended gardens inside large central courtyard. The joglo?s ceiling has eight decorated batik-on-wood patterns in different colors. Each color represents protection against various effects: black to keep away hunger, green against stress, purple to ward off negative thinking, red against evil, and white to suppress sexual desire.
This is where dance and gamelan performances are held every Wednesday and where the stunning Bedhaya Anglir Mendung dance took place on the day of ceremony. This is highly refined performance, which is dedicated to the queen of the southern sea, features the famously slow dance movements of the Javanese courts. Interestingly there are nine female dancers represent the nine orifices of the body. The dancers must fast for three days before they perform and if they perform and if they are menstruating they may not dance.
Moving up from here is Ndalem Agung or main house. It is ceremonial hall housing the royal family?s collection of antiques and curios from around the world. These include some fascinating and stunning jewellery and a very curious solid gold male cod piece from 8th century. This is the place where the morning Pringgitan ceremony took place. It is a Javanese-Hindu influenced ceremony, in which an offering is made to Dewi Sri, the rice goddess.
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