IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-MALANG – Not many people know that the statue of Ganesha in Karangkates, Karangkates Village, Sumberpucung District, Malang Regency is the largest in Indonesia. Height of about 3 meters with a circumference of about 4 meters.
The Ganesha site is located behind the Perum Jasa Tirta guesthouse complex in Sumberpucung, Malang Regency. The location of the site cannot be seen from the Malang-Blitar main road. There is also no signboard that shows the way to the site. However, if we ask the residents around, they will show the directions.
The caretaker, Mrs. Supiati, a 62-year-old woman who has been a caretaker for around 15 years, said that so far the visitors to the Ganesha statue site were not too many, but there were, especially on Friday evening Legi. Sometimes some people come for salvation by giving some kind of offerings. “Yes, there’s just enough,” she said.
Asked about the history of the Ganesha site, Supiati did not provide much information. Only, the news she knew mostly from the hereditary story, the Ganesha site had been brought to Singosari by a train pulled by 44 cows. At that time the site was taken during the day. “But the strange thing is that this site has returned here (Karangkates),” he said.
Then who brought back to Karangkates? Supiati just shook her head. She said, said people in the past, who ‘had’ a Ganesha site would not want to be moved. After that incident no one else dared to move. The story is believed by some people in Karangkates. Such stories are not strange in the community around the site.
While the condition of the Ganesha statue is still very good. The carved also shows that the engraver is very experienced. The curves and carvings are smooth and neat. The shape of the statue is very beautiful.
The historian from the State University of Malang (UM) Dwi Cahyono said the Ganesha Statue in Karangkates Village, Sumber Pucung District, Malang Regency, was considered rare and special. If the statue of Ganesha is usually in a seated position, the statue in this village is in a standing position. “The number of Ganesha statues that stand is very small, mostly sitting like a baby sitting, not sitting cross-legged,” he explained.
Dwi also said that the statue of Ganesha was located near the confluence of the Sengguruh River and the Brantas River, which is below the current location. The statue was moved more up near the residential areas. Besides being close to the village, it is also near an ancient Chinese tomb that has never been visited by a family of the body. According to the caretaker, the tomb is a move from the current location to Sumberpucung Market. But the caretaker of the statue Ganesha also did not know for sure when the move was.
Regarding the reason for being moved from the river to the top, Dwi suspected that it would be safer. But the exact reason historical data has not been found for sure. According to him, the transfer probably occurred in the colonial period.
Then related to the story that the statue was said to have been moved and returned overnight, Dwi analyzed that it might happen. But he reasoned, in the Dutch colonial era the statue was possibly moved. Because the statue was believed to have supernatural powers, the Dutch took it quietly. He suspected the statue was taken at night. However, because they were worried the residents were angry, they were then secretly returned. Well, the residents assumed the statue to return by itself.
According to Dwi, mystical assumptions by such people are not unusual in the world of ancient sites. Many other sites are also considered to have magical powers. But if it is analyzed scientifically things that are thought to be occult can also be rationalized. “The notion of the existence of magical power by the community is sometimes necessary so that the community does not damage and instead guard it,” he explained. (Aka)