Location: Panjalu Village, Panjalu District. Ciamis Regency, West Java Province, 46264
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There are many interesting things that can be explored from a tourist spot that is often visited by all traveler friends. The stories are manifold. Usually, mystical stories and myths that accompany the beauty of a place.
Java Island is one of the islands that still believes in the occult and mystical things of a tourist spot. Although, this tourist spot is already busy and many people visit. However, the mystical story that develops is still growing.
The story becomes a force to further promote these tourist attractions. For some reason, many people are always attracted by mystical stories that seem to be a magnet and the most powerful promotional tool.
One of the mystical stories coupled with such a powerful myth is named Situ Lengkong Panjalu Ciamis. A lake located in West Java. The beauty of the area almost rivals the excitement of the story that develops in the community.
The Origin of Situ Lengkong Panjalu.
King Cakradewa was the King of the Panjalu Kingdom who had a son named Sanghyang Borosngora. Before ascending the throne, King Cakradewa wanted his son to study religion as much as possible first.
King Cakradewa gave an object called Gayung Bungbas for his favorite child. Sanghyang Borosngora is known to study immunity. Science which turned out to be considered taboo in the Panjalu kingdom.
Because of his immunity, Sanghyang Borosngora was expelled from the palace. For the sake of goodness, his father told his son to study Mecca and gave him a Gayung. The function of the dipper is that Sanghyang Borosngora must carry the zam-zam spring water souvenirs.
Returning from the holy land, Sanghyang Borosngora also brought zam-zam water in the bucket that his father had given him. The water then, is poured into a valley where the valley is surrounded by Guava Sand.
It is strange and miraculous, where the sand that is doused with water has turned into a large and beautiful lake. Its beauty is able to sedate everyone to linger in this place. That’s the history of Situ Lengkong Lake according to the legend of the surrounding community.
Situ Lengkong Panjalu has been designated as a nature reserve owned by Ciamis. This determination has been going on for a very long time. During the reign of the Dutch East Indies General. On February 21, 1919.
The area which has an area of approximately 5 hectares has a place called Nusa Larang. Is there a Traveler friend who knows? Is that Nusa Larang which is still in touch with Sanghyang Borosngora?
Nusa Larang is a place of Pasir Jambu or it could be seen now is a small island. It is said that he said, this small island was the seat of the Panjalu Kingdom government. Nusa Larang was also used as a center for spreading Islam in Panjalu.
Nusa Larang means the Forbidden Land which is taken from the city of Mecca which means a holy city. Nusa Larang became the final resting place for the leaders of the Panjalu kingdom. Here is also buried King Hariang Kencana.
This sacred tomb is always crowded with tourists visiting a place that is also a site of pilgrimage. It’s just that, it is often misused as a place to bring gifts.
One of the figures who made Nusa Larang a cultural heritage was Dr. Sijfret Hendrik Koordres. He is a botanist who became a pioneer in recording various types of trees in the Java island region.
Making Nusa Larang a Nature Reserve is a very pleasant gift. The result of relentless hard work. Indeed, everyone who is tireless will produce what he wants.
As a Nature Reserve, Nusa Larang has various types of flora that are pleasing to the eye and the eye. Several types of flora that grow in Nusa Larang are Kondang, Kileho, and Kihaji.
Not only Flora. Fauna also grows side by side, presenting a different scene. Some of the fauna that develop in Nusa Larang are squirrels, owls, and bats. And there are many other types of Fauna that are here.
Besides the beauty of the lake and its various stories. Situ Lengkong Panjalu has another attraction. One of the attractions is the existence of a traditional ceremony that is carried out and becomes a mandatory agenda for the Panjalu community.
This traditional ceremony is called Nyangko. The Panjalu people usually carry out this traditional ceremony by cleaning the heirlooms that are placed on Bumi Alit. Usually, it is carried out in the month of Maulud on the last Monday or Thursday of the month.
Before doing this procession. The entire Panjalu community prepares Red Rice which must be peeled by hand, not mashed. This Red Rice serves to make Tumpeng and various kinds of offerings which are done on the 1st of Maulud.
Heirlooms will be carried by the descendants of King Panjalu. Usually, the group that carries this heirloom wears white clothes and Sundanese traditional clothes. By using a boat they crossed to Nusa Larang and were taken to a small building.
Accompanied by the use of tambourine and prayer music. Washed with water taken from seven springs added with lime. After washing, these heirlooms will be returned to the Bumi Alit sanctuary.
This traditional ceremony is always carried out regularly. In fact, it has been passed down from generation to generation. The community also believes that this traditional ceremony will avoid various kinds of strange events. Whether mythical or not, that’s how it is.
Situ Lengkong Panjalu is one of the many interesting folk tales and stories. One of the right places to spend time with family and loved ones. Enjoying the lake which is so calm.