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KGPH Tedjowulan: Reviving the palace of Surakarta

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 4 2012   /  06:01 am
(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)On Aug. 31, 2004, Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Haryo (KGPH) Tedjowulan was enthroned as King of Surakarta Pakubuwono XIII by the supreme leadership, or pengageng, of the kraton (palace), inheriting the royal title of Senopati Ing Ngaloga Abdurrahman Sayidin Panatagama Khalifatullah Tanah Jawi.

However, the monarch failed to occupy his own kraton with the enthronement. Supporters of KGPH Hangabehi — Tedjowulan’s half brother — closed all the main doors of the palace and turned away all invitees.

The ceremony had to be held in the residence of a relative of the royal family, BRAy Mooryati Soedibyo, in Kota Barat, some 3-kilometers northwest of the palace. From then on, a power conflict between both camps of the Surakarta sultanate has continued, giving rise to the term “twin kings”, Tedjowulan and Hangabehi.

Eight years after the enthronement...