The four-day wedding procession of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono
X’s youngest daughter GKR Bendara, 25, of Yogyakarta Palace and KHP Yudanegara,
30, kicked off Sunday with a plangkahan
ritual held at the palace’s Kraton Kilen (Sultan residence) building.
The ritual was held because GKR Bendara, or GRAj Nurastuti
Wijareni as she was previously named, is getting married ahead of her elder
sister GRAj Nurabra Juwita, 28, Sultan’s fourth daughter. The tradition
requires Bendara to ask for permission from Nurabra to get married before her.
“I have no problem with it. I see a mate as a fortune. We
have our own fortune and I’m happy for Reni,” said Nurabra after the ritual,
referring to Bendara’s nickname.
The ritual requires Reni to present two bunches of sanggan banana fruits to Nurabra as a
symbol of asking for permission and a set of gifts according to her sister’s
“The gifts comprise of a handbag, a purse and a pair of
shoes that Reni and I bought together in Jakarta.
Those are the gifts that I myself picked,” said Nurabra, who is an employee of
an IT software company in the capital city.
She also said she had long expected that Reni would get
married before her. Reni had been dating with Ubaidillah, now KPH Yudanegara
and head of the print media political communication sub-division of the Vice
Presidential Secretariat, for 4.5 years before deciding to get married.
The plangkahan ritual
was followed by ngabekten, a ritual
during which the bride did sungkeman
or kneeling before her parents and pressing her nose on their knees to show
esteem and humility for asking for permission to undergo the whole wedding
After that the bride was walked to the palace’s Kaputren
compound to go through the sengkeran
(seclusion) ritual during which she was placed at the Kaputren’s Sekar Kedhaton
building to stay while waiting for the next procession to be held the following