Sawentar Temple, the Sun God Temple that was Previously Hidden Ashes of Mount Kelud

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – BLITAR – In Blitar Regency, there is a small temple whose name is recorded in the Negarakertagama book, Sawentar Temple. Its location is in the village of Sawentar, Kanigoro, Malang.

In his poem it says,
“Ndan ring śaka tri tanu rawi ring wēsākā, śri nāthā mūja mara ri palah sābŗtya, jambat sing rāmya pinaran lānglitya, ro lwang wentar manguri balitar mwang jimbē”

Then in the Tritanurawi saka year-1283 (1361 AD) Wesaka Month (April-May), His Majesty the king worshiped (paved) to Palah with his accompanist, protracted every beautiful visited to entertain the heart, in Lawang, Wentar, Manguri Balitar and Jimbe .

From the review of the Negarakretagama Book above, it is known that the name Lwa Wentar is near Jimbe and Blitar. At present, only one region has the same topology as Lwa Wentar, namely Sawentar, which also has sites in the region. The building of this temple was once a temple complex, because around it there are still found a number of foundations made of brick, and this temple was allegedly erected at the beginning of the establishment of the Majapahit Kingdom.

When found, the temple was buried in the ground from the middle to the bottom. In 1915 and 1920 – 1921 Oudheidkundige Dienst (Archaeological Service) of the Dutch East Indies carried out excavations at the bottom of the temple which had been buried by the Kelud Mountain lava. It is known that Mount Kelud, written in the Palah inscription, is the place of Sang Hyang Acalapati or the mountain god who during the Kertajaya was exalted so as not to be angry.

This is also known from the evidence and geographical records which say that Mount Kelud often erupts. From here it can be ascertained that the sites around Mount Kelud including Sawentar are covered in volcanic ash.(aka)

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