Saturday, May 10, 2008

History and Legend of Mantingan Mosque and Grave

Mantingan Mosque Gate (Jepara Tourism Info)

Mantingan Mosque and grave are located in Mantingan village, Tahunan sub-district, 5 km Southward Jepara town centre. This village is well know as a village where Sultan Hadirin and his wife, queen Kalinyamat were buried. Sultan Hadirin was a Moslem leader who spread Islamic knowledge in the North coast. The Mantingan Mosque was the second Mosque after great Mosque of Demak.
Reaching this Mosque and grave is quite easy, because public transportation in available. The people of Mantingan are mostly Moslem and work in furniture industry.

Mantingan Mosque (Jepara Tourism Info) Mantingan Grave (Jepara Tourism Info)

Stated above that the Mantingan Mosque was the second Mosque. The Mosque was built in 1481 S equel to 1559 C according to statement stated inside the Mosque “ RUPA BRAHMANA WANASARI” written by son R. Muhayat names R. Toyib. In the beginning R. Toyib studied Islamic knowledge in mecca and Cina after finishing the study, he then moved Jepara. R. Toyib married Ratu Kalinyamat (Retno Kencono), a daughter of Sultan Trenggono.
from Demak kingdom. He then was callet “Sultan Hadirin” and throned as ‘Adipati Jepara’ until he passed away and finally was buried beside the Mosque which he had built.
In the graveyard area, his wife and his Chinese relative named CIE GWI GWAN were also buried. The graveyard fully crowdedat “Khol” (the day where people commemorate the death of Sultan Hadiri’s death) also at ceremonial moment to change banner covered the Sultan’s tomb. This ceremonial moment is held once a year at 17 Robiul Awal (month of Moslem calendar), same with the date of Jepara anniversary.
The grave is believed by many people that has magical power. Husband and wife who haven’t got any child yet supposed to visit the grave yard and pick some fallen pace fruits. The ‘Pace’ fruit then has to be eaten by the husband and wife, if god may permit, the husband and wife will get baby.
Another magical power in this grave is the holy water, local people believe that the water used to get the truth of someone. Jeparanase people use this water when they are facing a problem by drinking the water, but it’s just a belief, you may believe or not.
Mantingan Grave(Jepara Tourism Info)

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