sacredness of the place feels more distinct when you look at the
scattered flowers and sets of offerings on the Love Stone that is
located in Puri Cepuri complex where Panembahan Senopati and Queen of
the South met and made an agreement. At that time, Senopati was
meditating on the bigger stone in the north when Queen of the South
approached him and sat on the smaller stone in the south.
meeting between the two authorities had influence on the relationship
between Yogyakarta Kingdom and Bale Sokodhomas Kingdom. It began when
Senopati was perfecting his supernatural powers by doing the ritual of
tapa ngeli or carrying himself away in the river. Arriving at a certain
phase of his meditation, suddenly there was storm on the beach, trees
were yanked out by its roots, the seawater was boiling and fish were
thrown to the land.
occurrence compelled the Queen of the South to show up on the surface
of the ocean to see Senopati. Senopati expressed his ideal to govern
Mataram and asked the Queen of South for her help. The Queen promised
him the help with the conditions that Senopati and his descendants
would be willing to become her husbands. Senopati took the conditions
with the request that the marriage should not bear children.
agreement made Yogyakarta Kingdom as one of Mataram frictions to have
close relationship with the Kingdom of the South Ocean. The proof of
such a relationship is the labuhan alit (giving an offering by throwing
out certain things to the sea) that is done annually. One part of the
labuhan ceremony is planting parts of Sultan's nails, hair and clothes
in the area of Puri Cepuri. Please check with Yogyakarta tourism
calendar in YogYES.com for this labuhan rite.
meditation of Senopati that bore useful fruits caused many people to
believe that any requests will be answered if they are said by the Love
Stone. It is not surprising, therefore, hundreds of people from
different classes and religions come to the place on certain days they
consider sacred. Going in pilgrimage to the Love Stone is also believed
to help someone to release heavy burdens from him and to give new life
In addition to the Love Stone and the labuhan procession,
you can also enjoy the beauty of the beach and the breeze of the
seashore on a horse-cart. You only have to pay IDR 20,000 for the
There are many warongs where you can buy meals and
drinks. Quite big numbers of visitors makes this area crowded every
day, even until late at night. Some of them even spend the night in
this beach to say their prayer. If you want to share the spiritual
experience in Parangkusumo Beach, you can join the pilgrims praying.