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The story of Nyi Roro Kidul - the Guardian of the South Sea

For Javanese people, he is a figure that is very feared and respected until now. Although its existence is still mysterious, the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul or the Queen of the South Coast is still being discussed. So, who exactly is the figure of the guardian of the southern region of Java (Indian Ocean)?

The story of the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul, the Guardian of the South Sea
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The legend about Ratu Selatan, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, or Nyai Roro Kidul is already famous everywhere, even foreign tourists often come to the south coast of Java to pay for their curiosity about the figure of Nyi Roro Kidul.


Many versions tell about the origin of this southern sea guard. One that is quite popular is taken from the folklore book of Yogyakarta.


The Origin of Nyi Roro Kidul

The legendary story of Nyi Roro Kidul begins with a beautiful princess named Kadita. Because of her dazzling beauty, she was also nicknamed Dewi Srengenge (beautiful sun). Kadita's father was a king named Munding Wangi.


Having a beautiful child like Kadita, in fact, does not make Munding Wangi happy. The reason is, he does not want to have a daughter. Until finally, Munding Wangi remarried Dewi Mutiara. As a result, he was blessed with a son and immediately made Munding Wangi extremely happy. Even so, Munding Wangi's affection for Kadita will still not fade.


On the other hand, Dewi Mutiara hoped that her son could become a king, and did whatever he could to make his wish come true. In fact, he once drove Kadita out of the kingdom, which made the king of Munding Wangi angry.


Of course, the king of Munding Wangi would not let anyone hurt his beautiful daughter. But Dewi Mutiara did not lose her mind and continued to try to expel Kadita.


The next day, Dewi Mutiara sent a shaman to curse Kadita to be full of scabies. When Kadita woke up, she realized that her whole body had a rotten smell which made her cry hysterically.


Hearing the news, the king was devastated and sad. He called doctors and smart people to cure Kadita's disease. Unfortunately this method did not work. The king, who realized that his daughter's illness was unnatural, finally sent her daughter out of the kingdom and avoided gossip in all countries.


In his journey of seven days and seven nights, Kadita arrived in the Southern Ocean. He looked at the sea which was very clear and clean.


After that, Kadita tried to jump and swim into the ocean. Miraculously, when her body was exposed to ocean water, her scabies gradually disappeared and she became beautiful again even more beautiful than before.


Even Kadita now has power over the Southern Ocean. He was also nicknamed as Nyi Roro Kidul or the Queen of the South Coast who lived eternally.


As the Queen of the South Coast, the existence of Nyi Roro Kidul is still highly respected by the local community. There are even some places that are said to connect the real world with Nyi Rorol Kidul.

The story of the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul, the Guardian of the South Sea
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A Place That Becomes a Link to the World of Nyi Roro Kidul

It is said that there are several locations believed to be a link between the real world and the world of Nyi Roro Kidul. One of the most famous places is Hotel Inna Samudera, West Java. This is a five-star hotel located right in the area of ​​Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, West Java.


This hotel is actually almost the same as hotels in general where there are complete facilities, ranging from good service, swimming pools, playgrounds,


One thing that makes Hotel Inna special is the existence of a special room for Nyi Roro Kidul. The room numbered 308 is mythically believed to be Nyai Roro Kidul's resting place.


Although quite haunted by the knick-knacks of offerings and the smell of incense, this room is never devoid of enthusiasts from curious travelers. It is enough to pay around IDR 35,000 to have a close look at this room, without having to stay overnight.

Apart from Hotel Inna, several places that are said to be a link to the world of Nyi Roro Kidul are Pelabuhan Ratu Beach, Parangtritis Beach, Sembukan Beach, Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, and Vihara Kalyana Mitta.


Myth is prohibited from wearing green clothes

There is another myth, if someone wearing green clothes on the South Coast will quickly die from being rolled by the waves. Some even believed that his spirit would become a new soldier for Nyi Roro Kidul. Then what is the background this ban on green clothes on the South Coast of Java?


The story originates when Panembahan Senopati named Raden Danang Sutawijaya who became the founder of the Mataram kingdom was looking for supernatural powers to defeat the Pajang Kingdom. The hermitage he did on the South Coast. Then Raden Danang accidentally met Nyi Roro Kidul.


The two of them made an occult pact. It is said that Nyi Roro Kidul asked Raden to marry him so that his strength was eternal. Since then, Nyi Roro Kidul always wore green clothes when he met. Raden Danang also ordered his people not to wear green clothes along the South Coast. This regulation is still very much trusted today.