Location: Pohsarang Village, Semen District, Kediri Regency, East Java 80351
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HTM: Rp. 5,000 per car and Rp. 3,000 per motor
Open and close: 24 hours
Telephone: (0354) 777285
Tourist attractions are not always beaches and mountains. All can be tourist attractions as long as there is something unique in it or can be entertaining. Sometimes we too narrow the definition of a tourist spot. All must smell beautiful nature. But you know, not everything that is beautiful can calm.
If viewed more broadly, tourist attractions can take the form of various places. Food stalls, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, mosques, museums, caves, houses of friends, relatives and many others can become tourist attractions. The point is that it can comfort a heart that is upset because of daily activities.
There is the word cave in the above mention. For nature lovers, of course this place is a very beautiful natural building. Formed naturally because of the will of the Creator.
Indonesia has many caves, but only a few of them have been exposed, one of which is in Kediri, East Java. The city, which is famous for its pecel and yellow tofu, not only has a long royal history, but also has beautiful tourist attractions.
In Kediri there is a tourist spot in the form of a cave, but it is also a place for certain religious worship. The name of this cave is Puhsarang Cave. Generally, the cave is only used as a tourist attraction, but in this pecel city there is a cave which is also a place of worship for Catholics.
Price of admission
The location of this cave is in Pohsarang Village, Semen District, Kediri Regency. If from the city center of Kediri approximately 10 km to the Southwest.
Entering all religious tourism areas for Catholics in Kediri, it is enough to pay the parking fee. For a car, it is enough to pay Rp. 5,000 and motorbikes Rp. 3,000. Generally, those who visit this place are Catholics. Not only visiting, but also pilgrimage.
Reached by public transportation
To get to this cave can be done by using public or private transportation. The travel time from Kediri to the location of this Catholic religious tourist attraction is approximately 60 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and the route being traversed.
If you don’t know which route to take, then open up an online map. There will be an image of the road route to this tourist location. In addition, on this map there are also photos such as the Puhsarang Cave album, so it will be easier if you want to visit here.
This location is also close to lodging, such as hotels. But make sure to call the hotel phone number if you want to make a reservation so you don’t run out of rooms.
History of Establishment
History tells us that Catholic teachings began to enter Kediri in 1925. This spread was supervised by the Surabaya Apostolic Prefecture ministry. This religious teaching in Kediri is also practiced by some residents of the slopes of Mount Wilis. From here comes an idea.
This idea was initiated by Pastor Jan Wolters CM, namely in the form of building a church. Puhsarang Church architecture is the work of an architect named Henricus Maclaine Pont. This construction was completed in 1934.
The location of this church was originally near the tomb and there is a cave near the Multipurpose Building and was made by Father Emilio Rossi.
In this cave there is a small statue. There is an inscription on the brass statue which means “Our Lady who is contained without the stain of original sin, pray for me who comes to take refuge in You”.
This small cave, which is located near the Multipurpose Building, is a cave that is visited by many Catholics. But uniquely, people of other faiths also frequently visit. Generally, Catholics visit to pray the Rosaria and the Novena. However, it turns out that other people also perform rituals of worship here and this is what makes it strange.
Each religion certainly has its own beliefs and is very different from other religions. But why do many of those who are religious instead worship following the worship of other people? This is important to explore each other’s religious knowledge.
Goa was built
Visitors who keep coming here make the land feel even more narrow. Therefore, a cave was built, namely Puhsarang, which is located not far from the Puhsarang Church area. This development was first held in 1998.
To open the start of construction, the then Bishop of Surabaya, Monseignor Johanes Sudiarna Hadiwikarta, held a groundbreaking ceremony. This cave is a replica of Maria Lourdes Cave in France.
This cave is made of cement and there is a statue of the Virgin Mary in it. This statue itself has a height of 3.5 meters where the height exceeds the size of the original statue, which is 1.75 meters. This statue is deliberately made bigger because it adjusts to the size of the cave which reaches 18 meters high.
Not Only Goa
This religious tourism area for Catholics does not only include caves. The church in this area is also very unique, because it has a blend of Hindu-Javanese culture architecture. This church itself was built in 1934 and is included in historical heritage.
Entering the church yard, visitors will find statues of Buddha Mary and Jesus with open arms. If seen, it is like these two statues welcoming the visitors. But that is only an estimate, for the original purpose the one who knows better is the statue maker, because every part of the statue has its own philosophy.
When entering the pavilion area, there will be a gate composed of natural stone. Here is a bell tower built in honor of the architect’s patron saint. The name of this tower is Saint Henricus. At the top of the bell tower there is a rooster perched and functions as a vane.
This area also has a public cemetery for Catholics and priests from Surabaya archdiocese. There is also the kana dish and the Multipurpose building that were mentioned earlier.
Around the Kana park there are several stalls that provide food and drinks and in the middle there is a short cross-shaped path that surrounds it.
This multipurpose building is usually used as a resting place for visitors. The name of this building is Emmaus. Apart from being used as a resting place, this building is also used as a place to hold mass schedules.