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Mount Semeru – Indonesia is famous for its culinary, cultural, and natural splendor.
Discovery of Mount Semeru
This mountain with an altitude of 3676 meters above sea level was first discovered by a geologist from the land of windmills named Clignet.
He is allegedly is the first person to climb the highest roof of Java Island.
In 1838, the geologist climbed the widodaren hiking trail. After that, it was continued by Van Googh and Heim who climbed in 1911 who climbed through the Ranupani hiking trail.
34 years later, in the year of Indonesian independence, Junhuhn, a Dutch botanist, climbed the mountain climbing route.
This mountain with a crater named Jonggring Saloka has a lot of natural beauty that is so enchanting. Starting from the journey to the checkpoint, 3 exotic ranu to the top of the mountain that offers unlimited views.
Entering the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS), Mount Semeru is always crowded with climbers.
The climbers also come from various local and foreign areas.
Peak of the Gods
Many ancient writings say that the Peak of this Mountain is the dwelling place of the Gods.
This place is considered sacred by many people, especially Hindus.
It is notable to say that the Mandhara Giri Semeru Agung Temple is connected to Mount Semeru.
It is said that the mountain is the place where Lord Shiva resides.
In that place also Lord Shiva teaches various teachings to Dewi Parwati who is known as the Goddess of the Mountain.
Place of the Unseen Voice on Mount Semeru
The local community believes that when someone has a sincere intention to worship (Semedi), then it is not imaginary that someone will listen to unseen voices.
This voice was none other than the whisper of the Gods.
If someone listens to these whispers, people with Hindu beliefs will perform a Sasaji Ceremony which is carried out every 8-12 years.
According to the Balinese, this mountain is considered the Father of Mount Agung.
There are also many people who meditate on the top of this highest mountain to get offspring, get a lot of sustenance, so that all affairs in the world are launched.
However, meditating is certainly not as easy as it seems.
A person will be tested and even disturbed by the spirits who inhabit the forests, lakes around Mount Semeru.
As Earth Nails in Java
In one of the records that developed in the 15th century, it was stated that long ago the island of Java was tossed about in the vast ocean as if being played by the waves.
Dewa Wisnu and Dewa Brahma decided to move one of the mountains in India to be moved to Java.
Lord Vishnu incarnated as a turtle while Lord Brahma transformed into a snake to be able to carry the mountain.
Until finally the mountain can be moved and placed in the western part of Java Island.
However, this caused the eastern part of Java to rise to the top.
So that the two gods agreed to cut the mountain into 2 parts and put them in the east and west.
In the western part of this mountain is called Mount Penanggungan and in the east this mountain is called Mount Semeru.
On the way to moving the mountains, the land scattered, creating various mountains on the land of Java.
Many people are curious about the mystery of the arcopodo.
Arcopodo itself is a statue that has the same shape and faces north to the summit of Mount Semeru.
It is said that these two statues are a guardian of a magical gate.
Of course only people who study certain knowledge can see this gate.
Arcopodo was discovered for the first time by students of the University of Indonesia who were joined by Mapala in 1984.
After that, the existence of this arcopodo became mysterious because it was not found in its original location.
Then in 2011 a massive expedition was held and the arcopodo was found at its place of origin.
There are many legendry mountains such as Damavand in Iran.
There are also mysteries about Damavand.
Damavand is the place where the Sushinant will incarnate one day according to myths.
There are also some mysteries about the highest mountain on the island of Java that have not been revealed until now.
However, the splendor and special views of Mount Semeru seem to bewitch anyone to visit this mountain.
Well, it’s quite interesting isn’t the discussion about the legend of Mount Semeru?
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