The Legend of Telaga Warna. The following story is about the legend or the origin of telaga warna or colourful lake. The location of the lake is in Puncak, West Java. Below is the story.
Long, long time ago in West Java, there was a kingdom. The kingdom was ruled by a wise king. People in the kingdom called their king “Majesty Prabu”. Majesty Prabu was not only a wise king, but also a kind king. The kingdom was prosperous. There was no hunger in this kingdom. It was a very peace condition. But it was a pity because Majesty Prabu and his queen did not have any children. It made the royal couple very sad. The king was so restless He was thinking who would replace him as a king if he did not have any children. Some old men and women who was respected by Majesty Prabu suggested the king to adopt a child. But the king and the queen didn’t agree.
“No, thank you. But for us, our own daughter or son is better than adopt children.”
The queen was very sad. She often cried. That was why Prabu decided to go. He went to the cave in the jungle. There he prayed to God. Every day he begged to Got for a child. Finally, a miracle happened His dream came true. The queen got pregnant. The king and the queen were extremely happy. All people in the kingdom also felt happy. They sent many presents to the palace to express their happiness. Nine months later, the time that the people had been waiting for finally arrived. The baby was born. It was a beautiful baby girl. People sent their presents again as a gift to a little princess. This baby grew as a beautiful teenager then.
The king and the queen loved the princess very much. They gave whatever she wanted. It made the princess became a very spoiled girl. When her wish couldn’t be realized, she became very angry. She even said bad things often. A true princess wouldn’t do that. Even though the princess behaved badly, her parents loved her, so did the people in that kingdom. Day by day, the princess grew more beautiful. No girls could compare with her.
In a few days, Princess would be 17 years old. So, people of that kingdom went to palace. They brought many presents for her. Their presents were very beautiful. The king and the queen collected the presents. There were really many presents. Then the king stored them in a building. Sometimes he could take them to give to his people. Prabu only took some gold and jewels. Then she brought them to the goldsmith. “Please make a beautiful necklace for my daughter,” said Prabu. “My pleasure, Your Majesty,” the goldsmith replied. The goldsmith worked with all his heart and his ability. He wanted to create the most beautiful necklace in the world because he loved his princess.
The birthday came. People gathered in the palace field. When Prabu and queen appeared, people welcomed them happily. Prabu and his wife waved to their beloved people. Cheers were louder and louder when the princess appeared with her fabulous pretty face. Everybody admired her beauty. Prabu got up from his chair. A lady gave him a small and glamorous pillow. A wonderful necklace was on it. Prabu took that necklace. “My beloved daughter, today I give this necklace to you. This necklace is a gift from people in this kingdom. They love you so much. They presented it for you to express their happiness, because you have growing to be 17 years old. Please, wear this necklace,” said Prabu.
Princess accepted the necklace. She looked at the necklace in a glance. “I don’t want to accept it! It’s ugly! I hate this necklace!”
Then she threw the necklace. The beautiful necklace was broken. The gold and jewels were spread out on the floor
Everybody couldn’t say anything. They never thought that their beloved princess would do that cruel thing. Nobody spoke.
The queen was so sad. She began to cry. Everybody was also sad. When they saw the queen crying, all the guests also started to cry. Everybody was crying. The tears fell like rain. Indeed, it was like rain. Then there was a miracle. The earth was also crying. Suddenly, from the underground, a spring emerged. It made a pool of water. The palace was getting full. Soon the place became a big lake. The lake sank all of the kingdom. And the water was colorful. Since then people named the lake as Telaga Warna or the Colorful Lake.
Until now we still can see the colors coming from the lake. the colour of the lake is very beautiful and amazing. These colors come from shadows of forest, plants, flowers, and sky around the lake. But some local people believe that the colors are coming from the jewelries of necklace that the princess threw away.