Location: Kadilangu Village, Demak Regency, Bintoro, Central Java.
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Open and close: 24 hours / Door Cangkup 08.00 – 17.00 WIB
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It’s incomplete if you set foot in Demak City but don’t visit one of the tombs of the walisongo figures, namely Kanjeng Sunan Kalijaga or the Javanese call it Kalijogo.
The tomb of Sunan Kalijaga is still in the same complex as the Great Mosque of Demak. The exact location is located in Kadilangu Village, Demak Regency, Bintoro, Central Java.
From Semarang City, you can reach this place within one to one and a half hours using a private vehicle.
It is not difficult to find this tomb because there are lots of clues or signs that point very clearly to the Kadilangu Mosque or the so-called Sunan Kalijogo Tomb.
The attraction of the Sunan Kalijaga Tomb
The grave of one of the founders of the Great Mosque of Demak is very famous throughout Indonesia, from ordinary people to officials and also artists who often come to this tomb for pilgrimages.
Moreover, when it is a big or important day, individual pilgrims or groups of up to thousands, they flock to the grave for pilgrimages or tours.
Even though it is an open secret that there have been several mystical incidents at the tomb of Sunan Kalijaga, this has not stopped the pilgrims from coming.
If you want to find a bustling atmosphere, this tomb is usually visited by pilgrims on Friday Pon, Pahing and Kliwon, because the door to the grave cup is opened.
In addition, every 10th of Zulhijah or before Eid al-Adha, there will usually be a decoration of the heirlooms of Kelambi Kyai Gondil and Kyai Onto Kusumo, kris Kyai Crubuk and Kyai Sirik, the door of the tomb cup is opened from 08.00 to 17.00 WIB.
Meanwhile, during the holy month of Ramadan, the tomb of Sunan Kalijaga has its own agenda. One of them is carrying out the Tebah Tradition.
The Tebah tradition begins with the voice of kenthongan, then pisowanan in Cungkup Ageng, but only by selected people. Then followed by the heirs along with the caretaker of the tomb to rejuvenate the entire tomb complex. This tradition is still maintained and will be passed down from generation to generation.
Sunan Kalijaga Tomb area
This area itself consists of several entrances for pilgrim access. If you want to visit the grave directly, you can walk down the hallway which is right next to the mosque and you are required to fill out a guest book.
Around the Sunan Kalijaga tomb there are also several other historical relics, including stone sites. On the stone there is the inscription “Selo Palenggahanipun Kanjeng Sunan Kalijaga” which is the seat used by Sunan Kalijaga when during his lifetime giving advice.
In addition, there are the remains of two barrels from which water can be used and given to pilgrims. The water comes from a river not far from the tomb, but in the process it must be deposited and sterilized so that it is suitable for consumption.
The two barrels are padasan (place for ablution) and pedaringan (place for rice). Not only that, you can also find a well which is about 200 meters from the tomb area, long ago the well was used for ablution.
Around the grave of Sunan Kalijaga, you will also find several other graves, namely the tomb of Mpu Supo who is Sunan’s brother-in-law along with his son Djaka Suro, and Panembahan Pengulu who is none other than Sunan Kalijaga’s grandson.
For the tomb of Sunan Kalijaga itself, it is covered with ceramics, the pillars are studded with calligraphy strands and at the top of the tomb there is a winged mustaka on all four sides.
If from Semarang, a traveler can go east. Later there will be road directions to travel, choose the path towards the Kadilangu Mosque. If you are still having trouble, a traveler can use a Google Map.
Getting to know Sunan Kalijaga Personally
The owner of the real name RM Syahid was born in 1450 AD and is believed to have reached the age of 100 years. When he died, his body was buried on the ground where he stood during his life, namely in Kadilangu Village, Demak Regency.
The location of the grave is close to the Great Mosque of Demak which is only 3 kilometers away. Sunan Kalijaga himself, was none other than the son of the Regent of Tuban, Ki Tumenggung Wilatikta.
He has the nickname reizende preachers or traveling preachers, this is because when he is preaching Islam, his followers are not from random circles, but from aristocrats and scholars.
Apart from being known to have great influence, another famous magic of Sunan Kalijaga is his powerful utterance or what is called “Mandi Pangucape”.
This is evidenced by not a few pilgrims who come to the grave and hope to get blessings, which aims to facilitate various life matters such as marriage, fortune, and also work. In addition there are also those who make pilgrimages for spiritual or spiritual needs.
The spread of Islam by Sunan Kalijaga
Sunan Kalijaga can be called a man of three ages because he lived during three reigns, namely the Majapahit Kingdom era, the Demak Kingdom era, and the Pajang Kingdom era.
In that period, he kept spreading the religion of Islam together with Walisongo. At that time, the spread he made was through culture and art.
He uses various types of musical instruments and arts as a means of support. Among them are gamelan, songs, carving and puppets.
His expertise in puppetry is used as a means of teaching Sufism to the wider community. Every new year 1 Muharamam there will be a leather puppet festival all night long, which is located in the Segaran Pool.
You can enjoy the footsteps of Sunan Kalijaga through the various works that he carved during his life. Some of the most famous creations to date are Ilir-Ilir, Gundul-Gundul Pacul, Sekatenan, Gerebeg Maulud, the story of Wayang Layang Kalimasada and also Petruk Dadi Ratu.
Sunan Kalijaga Heritage Mosque
During his lifetime, Sunan Kalijaga was instrumental in making the Great Mosque of Demak (1401 AD) along with other Walisongo which is now one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia.
He also participated in the construction of the Great Sang Cipta Rasa Mosque (1480 AD) which is located in the Kasepuhan Palace complex in Cirebon.
However, before establishing the two mosques, he first established the Sunan Kalijaga Mosque, although at the beginning it was not a mosque but a prayer room.
Since the beginning of the construction of this mosque, it has undergone three renovations, namely in 1564 AD which was carried out by Pangeran Wijil. Second, when experiencing expansion from the aspect of the original building, but still not leaving the identity of the main pillar (Soko Guru).
Third, in 1990 a place for prayer and ablution for women was finally built, which was located separately from men. Apart from playing a role in the construction of the mosque, Sunan Klijaga was also involved in various other urban arrangements.