Situ Lengkong History Tour Panjalu, Ciamis

Situ Lengkong or Situ Panjalu resides in the area of Panjalu Village, Panjalu District, Ciamis Regency. The word 'situ' means lake, while 'lengkong' itself means similar, that is bay of big riverside, or widening at the curve of the water channel (Kamus R.A. Danadibrata). This lake is located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level and has an area of approximately 67.2 hectares. An island called Nusa Larang or Nusa Gede is located in the middle of the lake.

Situ Lengkong History Tour Panjalu, Ciamis

The origin of Situ Lengkong according to folklore passed down from generation to generation and based on Babad Panjalu, as stated on the wikipedia page, states that the lake is actually 'artificial lake' or the result of human effort. Indeed, according to the story, the origin of the place is a valley that surrounds a small hill called Pasir Jambu (sand means hill, Sundanese, red.)

How is the story so that the valley becomes a lake?

Once, when Sanghyang Borosngora was finished from a religious believer in the Holy Land of Mecca, he returned to his hometown with a few presents. One of the magical souvenirs is a coconut shell scoop with a hollow bottom and named 'gayung bungbas'.

Gayung Bungbas or Gayung Kerancang is a gift from Sanghyang Borosngora's father named Prabu Cakradewa, King Panjalu, who was handed over with orders to study the perfection as a provision before continuing the throne. Previous Sahyang Borosngora never ventured to demand various sciences to various places but was later known to have a tattoo/science of immunity from Ujung Kulon.

The possession of the science is considered taboo for the royal family of Panjalu as opposed to the teachings of the kerahayuan. So King Cakradewa 'punish' his son with the command of true knowledge with the sign of graduation is able to bring water with Gayung Bungbas. The sack is then filled with water zamzam and brought Sanghyang Borongora when returning home.
Water from Gayung Bungbas then disbursed in the valley that surrounds the Sand Jambu. The valley turns into a lake, while Pasir Jambu is then given the name Nusa Larang which means the island of ban or a purified island.

The existence of Nusa Larang in tune with the mention of the city of Mecca, the 'Land of the Haram', a place that is sanctified. The term carries with it the consequences of restrictions on access to entry into the area, there are provisions on who, when and the strict conditions governing it. Not just anyone can go to Nusa Larang and taboo once do taboos or law in that place.

Nusa Larang was once the seat of government of the Kingdom of Panjalu during the reign of Sanghyang Borosngora. The island is now the final resting place of the bodies of the leaders of the Kingdom of Panjalu, namely Prabu Rahyang Kancana, Raden Tumenggung Cakranagara III, Raden Demang Sumawijaya, Raden Demang Aldakusumah, Raden Tumenggung Argakusumah (Cakranagara IV) and Raden Prajasasana Kyai Sakti.

Location and Path to Situ Lengkong Panjalu

Situ Lengkong Panjalu is located at 7 7 '49.56 "S, 108 16' 21.26" E. To the north it is adjacent to Talaga area of Majalengka and Kuningan districts.

To reach Situ Lengkong object is quite easy. From the direction of Bandung can be reached through the path Ciawi, Panumbangan, Panjalu, with a distance of about 100 Km. While from Ciamis, is about 35 km through the path Buniseuri, Kawali and up in Panjalu.

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