The Legend of Mount Kelud. Jenggala Manik was the king of Kediri Kingdom. He had a daughter, her name was Dewi Kilisuci. She was very beautiful. Many young men fell in love with her. However, she always refused their marriage proposals. King Jenggala Manik was sad. He really wanted to see his daughter to get married.
“I hope you have to get married soon, my daughter,” said King Jenggala Manik. He continued, “I’m getting older, I know you are looking for a great husband. I have an idea, I’m going to hold a competition. If a man can stretch Kyai Garudayaksa’s bow and lift Kyai Sekardelima’s gong, he will be your husband.”
Princess Dewi Kilisuci was speechless. She knew her father really wanted her to get married. She just hoped that she would marry a great man. She knew the bow and the gong had supernatural power. So the winner must had supernatural power too.
The time of competition hold. One by one men tried to stretch the bow and lifted the gong but no one succeeded. They were injured, their hands and backs were broken. King Jenggala Manik planned to stop the competition. He thought no one could win the competition.
However, before he stopped it, there was a man came to him. “Your Majesty, please don’t stop the competition now. I haven’t tried it yet.”
“What’s your name?” asked the king.
“My name is Lembusura.” answer that’s man.
Then he tried to stretch the bow, he succeeded. The next test, he had to lift the gong. Again, he succeeded. Everybody applauded. They all were amazed by his power. However, Princess Dewi Kilisuci was sad.
She never thought that she would marry a man who had a bull’s head. King Jenggala Manik was also sad. But he had no choice. He had to keep his promise.
Later, he asked his men to prepare a wedding ceremony. The ceremony was getting closer and Princess Dewi Kilisuci was really sad. She really wanted to cancel the wedding. She was thinking very hard. Finally she had an idea. She told his father.
King Jenggala Manik understood the plan. He asked Lembusura to go to the top of Mount Kelud. Lembusura agreed.
When he arrived, Lembusura dug the ground. He was digging until the hole was deep. Suddenly, some soldiers pushed him into the hole. They buried him alive. Lembusura was helpless. He could not do anything. Before he died, he cursed the King.
“King Jenggala Manik, wait for my revenge. I will destroy your kingdom!” cursed Lembusura.
Everybody was so scared. They really believed that Lembusura would revenge to the kingdom. Until now, every time Kelud Mountain erupts, people say that Lembusura is doing his revenge!
Given the legend, people on the slopes of Mount Kelud often make offerings to reject disaster due to the curse. Until now, frequent Larung Sesaji held once a year on 23rd of month’s suro by villagers Sugih Waras.
Regardless of the story, the legend leaves us a moral lesson for future generations. The ego inside every human being when not matched with divine -light will damaging the nature. It was once spoken by the angels, as Allah said:
“And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” He (Allah) said: “I know that which you do not know.”
[QS Al Baqarah : 30]