Keraton Yogyakarta

Grebeg Maulud 2015

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Grebeg Maulud is the event of Keraton Yogyakarta to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. In 2015, Grebeg Maulud held on January 3.

People call it Grebeg because in this event the king of Keraton Yogyakarta and the royal family will come out from the Keraton. When they come out, they will be guarded by the  Prajurit Keraton Yogyakarta.  The parade is depicted as the wind which produces the sound of “grebeg…grebeg…” This is why people call it as Grebeg.

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In the process of the Grebeg Maulud, Keraton will present Gunungan as the symbol of gratitude.Gunungan is the present for the people which contains of foods or vegetables. The foods and vegetables are stacked in the shape of mountain (gunung). That is why people call it gunungan.

The gunungans come out from Keraton with the guardian of the Prajurit Keraton (Keraton guards Units) heading to Masjid Agung. In Masjid Agung, the gunungan will be blessed. After the blessing, the prajurit keraton will bring the gunungans to North Square. There are a lot of people is waiting for the gununngan to come. They then swarm the gunungans and try to get the foods or the vegetables from the gunungans . People believe that the foods and the vegetables from the gunungan will bring luck for people who take it.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

Good morning Yogyakarta! [2]

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Keraton Yogyakarta palace.

 

One of the delights of Yogyakarta city is that things are always happening in a quiet and subtle way, and this can be most rewarding. That morning I spent hours relaxing in from of Keraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat . The sun was so warm and the breeze was cool and I felt a tremendous sense of serenity. Then a walked down to the west heading to Pasar Ngasem and Taman Sari. I stopped for a couple of minutes on the street and lane outside the Keraton wall while I was admiring quietness of white-washed walls surrounding Keraton Yogyakarta.

 

 

 

Good morning Yogyakarta! [3]

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Becak driver at outside lane of western wall of keraton Yogyakarta.

 

One of the delights of Yogyakarta city is that things are always happening in a quiet and subtle way, and this can be most rewarding. That morning I spent hours relaxing in from of Keraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat . The sun was so warm and the breeze was cool and I felt a tremendous sense of serenity. Then a walked down to the west heading to Pasar Ngasem and Taman Sari. I stopped for a couple of minutes on the street and lane outside the Keraton wall while I was admiring quietness of white-washed walls surrounding Keraton Yogyakarta.

 

 

 

Good morning Yogyakarta! [4]

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white-washed wall of Keraton Yogyakarta palace.

 

One of the delights of Yogyakarta city is that things are always happening in a quiet and subtle way, and this can be most rewarding. That morning I spent hours relaxing in from of Keraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat . The sun was so warm and the breeze was cool and I felt a tremendous sense of serenity. Then a walked down to the west heading to Pasar Ngasem and Taman Sari. I stopped for a couple of minutes on the street and lane outside the Keraton wall while I was admiring quietness of white-washed walls surrounding Keraton Yogyakarta.

 

 

 

wishing good luck at Alun Alun Kidul

Alun-alun is a Javanese architectural term for the large central open lawn squares common to villages, towns and cities in Indonesia.

Commonly, alun-alun in modern-day Indonesia refers only to the two large open squares of Keraton palace compounds.

Keraton Yogyakarta palace  has two alun-alun: the most important and northern alun-alun lor and the less important and commonly smaller southern alun-alun kidul.

To more important one, the northern alun-alun lor functioned as the primary and most official entrance to the kraton. Javanese officials and commoners alike had to dismount  carriages and horses  before entering the alun-alun lor to continue to the Keraton.

The alun-lun kidul was more of a generic ground, principally for everyday mustering troops or servants and for exiting officials, servants and workers attending to mundane everyday business.

The Yogyakarta Keraton alun-alun kidul has two banyan trees in the centre famed. According to local folklore, anyone who is able to navigate his/her way between them without mishap, blindfolded, s/he will get good luck.

Royal cemetary’s guard

Imogiri Royal Cemetery lies on the beautiful hill about 12 kilometers from Yogyakarta. The tomb of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo, the third king of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom, is on the top of the hill.

All the kings of Mataram Kingdom, beginning from Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX and the family, and the kings of Surakarta Kingdoms and the family were all buried in Imogiri Royal Cemetery.

This cemetery was built in 1645 and guarded by Yogyakarta Kingdom’s Abdi Dalem (guard) wearing traditional Javanese clothes.