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Talking about the Mataram Islamic Kingdom might lead to the history of Ngayogyokarto Palace, Kotagede, Ambarketawang or perhaps the Suroloyo Peak. Very rarely among us it turns out there are still some sites or historical facts that must be known. One of them is the Gilang Lipuro site in Kauman Hamlet, Gilangharjo, Pandak, Bantul, Jogjakarta.
Based on existing historical records, it turns out that the Gilang Lipuro site is worth to be discussed. Many interesting things can be found because there is a lot of historical evidence of forerunner of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom.
Danang Sutawijaya who was the first king of Islamic Mataram, use large stone as a prayer mat, where Danang Sutawijaya and Ki Ageng Pamanahan (the teacher) using this stone for pray.
Not only for prayer but also for dzikir. And it is said that in this rock Danang Sutawijaya was inspired or enlightened to establish an Islamic Mataram kingdom.
The big stone that used for prayer is not only used by Sutawijaya but also by Ki Ageng Hatiahan who is his teacher. On this stone Panembahan was inspired by Lintang Johar that he must establish an Islamic Mataram kingdom.
Lintang Johar himself is interpreted as the light of the End of the Prophet or Nur Muhammad. The inspiration is in QS. An-Nuur 35 about the beginning of the creation of all things which are layers of light.
One of the traditions that still going now is the tradition of the blacksmiths. When we visit this village it will be very easy to find people who work as blacksmiths.
They mostly produce a variety of agricultural equipment with a distinctive shape. Where the tools are deliberately made by adjusting the contour of the existing land. Maybe in those days their technology was effective. It proofs that the agricultural equipment can still be used today.
Being in an area which is being transformed into Tourism Village, we will explore into the past. Where we will be in area that is rich in culture and local wisdom.
Many things are presented to guests. Even in a discussion on the Gilang Lipuro Festival 2017, it was stated that Gilangharjo Village would focus on working on cultural and spiritual tourism villages.
Interesting things can be learned while visiting Gilangharjo. One interesting experience is learning batik. How to burn patchouli and scratch on cloth to become beautiful works.
There are also mask-making crafts that have penetrated the international market. several countries that have subscribed include France, the Netherlands and Vietnam. One work that deserves appreciation because it has made the nation scent.
Do not forget to enjoy the beauty of painting and the local community dancing. It is also possible in this village to learn to play gamelan instruments.
Many things can be learned in this region which was supposed to be the forerunner of the Islamic Mataram kingdom. Danang Sutowijaya moves the area to the more safe area just to avoid conflict because this region borders is on other regions.
One thing that is quite interesting is when the ancient dignitaries have maintained tolerance with others. It cannot be used if he insist in builds a kingdom in Gilangharjo. It could be conflict or friction with others.
To get to the Gilang Lipuro site it’s very easy. From downtown Jogja you can take the southern ringroad and enter Bantul rd. straight until the Bambanglipuro Bantul intersection.
Not far from here there is the Muhammadiyah Vocational School on the right side then turn right to the end. If itdifficult, just ask local people. They will be happy to help you find.
This Gilang Lipuro may be less famous with Watu Gilang who is in Kotagede. But the unique fact is that based on several records it is known that Watu Gilang came from Lipuro forest, which means it could be a source or origin with Gilang Lipuro.
Talking about history and interesting places in Jogja you can now visit the CrafTown Jogja site. Where they are really focused on introducing Jogja to the wider community to the international community.
Jogja’s Legacy or Jogja’s cultural heritage must be introduced to at least our children and grandchildren. Do not let history be lost because there is no trace that can be learned and made a reference. Convincing the public that Jogja is rich in cultural heritage both tangible and intangible.