The Kingdom of Gua Kiskenda


Resi Gotama, the son of Dewatama was a respected and sakti (having strong supernatural power) hermit from an abode (Padepokan) in the mountain of Sukendra. He dedicated his ascetic life to preserve the world for the welfare of mankind (Mamayu Hayuning Buwono). He had done a lot of things as assigned by heaven. His works were highly appreciated by Betara Guru and other responsible gods.

In the lonesome pictoresque Padepokan, he lived with his beautiful wife, a goddess Dewi Windradi. They had three healthy and good-looking children. The eldest was Dewi Anjani, a beautiful sexy lady. She had a smooth light color of skin. The second and the third were strong and handsome sons: Guwarsi (Subali) and Guwarsa (Sugriwa).

The tranquile life of the hermit in Mt. Sukendra was disturbed by Betara/god Surya, who had a reputation to play around with beautiful women. He made a love affairs with the attractive Windradi. He gave a wonderful toy, called Cupumanik Astagina. Through it, all wonders of the world and what was happening in the world, could be seen clearly.

Windradi gave the toy to her daughter, Anjani. But her brothers wanted also to have it. They were quarreling noisely for the toy. Resi Gotama saw the toy and he knew what had been happened. He could not control his anger, he cursed his wife to be a stone statue. His two sons became monkeys and also Anjani’s face, hands and feet. Her sexy body remained intact. (see Ramayana).

Resi Gotama did not want to live anymore in this dirty world. With Guru’s consent, he was transformed to be a god and permitted to live in the abode of gods. Windradi, as a punishment had to remain stone statue for several years.

Dewi Anjani’s sexy body had tempted Betara Guru himself and a son in the form of a white monkey (Ketek Putih), Anoman was born.

In Javanese mystics, Ketek Putih was a name of a powerful Aji-Aji/mantra. It was said that Ketek Putih could be the fastest messenger in the world, doing any task, instructed by the owner. Anjani, after the birth of Anoman, as the wife of Guru, lived in the abode of gods. Resi Subali, was killed by Rama’s arrow, Guwa Wijaya.

Prabu Sugriwa, became the king of Gua Kiskenda, the kingdom of the monkeys. He and the whole army of monkeys served faithfully to Rama to free Sinta from Alengka. He married to Dewi Tara and had a son Anggada, who became the chief-warrior of the kingdom.

Another famous figure was Anila, a warrior and Prime Minister of Gua Kiskenda. He killed Patih Prahasta of Alengka, by hitting Prahasta’s head with the stone statue of Windradi. The statue was broken into pieces, it ended the punishment of Windradi. She returned to live with other gods.

Anila was the son of Betara Narada. Narada was mocking Guru, who due to his uncontrolable desire to Anjani, had a white monkey son. Guru was angry, with his spiritual strenght, he created a blue monkey on the back of Narada. Narada recognized Anila as his son.

Suryo S. Negoro