NUSADAILY.COM – There is an interesting legend that accompanies the establishment of Candi Jago (Jajaghu) in Jago Village, Tumpang District. It is said that the process of establishing the temple was similar to the story of Roro Jonggrang. According to Suryadi, cultural practitioner and guard of Candi Jago, there used to be a person named Brojo Suwito who had a beautiful daughter named Kusumoningrum. Then in that village there was also a figure of Eyang Lebur Gongso who had grandchildren / students with Jaka Surya who were very powerful, but also often made trouble.
Jaka Surya fell in love with Kusumaningrum, he then proposed her. However, Demang Brojo Suwito disagrees, because Jaka Surya is famous as a naughty young man. However, Demat Brojo did not dare to reject it directly. So he and his daughter made a strategy, his application could be accepted if Jaka Surya could build a temple one night before the rooster crowed.
That challenge was accepted by Jaka Surya. By moving all the strength and reinforcements of spirits known as bolo sewu (one thousand friends), he tried to complete the construction of the temple. However, when the building was almost complete, suddenly there was a rooster crowing (kluruk). So with the knight spirit, Jaka Surya claimed that he was unable to finish and instead he was willing to die for a promise. So, he killed Demang Brojo by beheaded, then the head was placed in the temple. That statue is called as Agopasa statue. Then, the temple was named Candi Jago, the local residents also said it was a cupola that had not yet been built.
Knowing Jaka Surya turned out to have true love and a knight’s soul, Dewi Kusumaningrum was very sorry. Then she promised not to marry anyone. Her love is only given to Jaka Surya. For this reason Dewi Kusumaningrum became a nun. “So there used to be legends that are still believed by some people,” he explained.
In fact, he continued, until now there are those who believe on certain days the spirit of Dwi Kusumaningrum came to the temple to meet Jaka Surya. So, on certain nights there are many people who come to the temple to perform the ritual. With this kind of folklore, Ki Suryo also said that Candi Jago is a temple that symbolizes the love and ideals of a young man.
However, based on the historical version, Ki Suryo continued, Candi Jago was the place of Raja Singhasari-4, Wisnuwardhana, who died in 1268 M. Wisnuwardhana was not only at Candi Jago, but also at Candi Waleri (Blitar). The existence of these two places of adharma because Wisnuwardhana adheres to a religion from a mixture of two religions, Hinduism and Buddhism in the tantrayana stream. Which of these religions developed in the late Singhasari period.
It was said by Ki Suryo, the shape of the Candi Jago at the top was like an unfinished or damaged temple. According to him, the top form has collapsed, but most likely the original condition is not far from the current condition. He continued, it was thought that the roof of the temple came from palm fibers with wooden poles. Like the models of temples in Bali. However, because it has been eaten by age, the roof structure was destroyed. “Maybe Candi Jago is the only temple whose roof is made of palm fiber,” he said. (aka)