Umbul Manten in Klaten Says Sacred


Umbul Manten in Sidowayah Village, Polanharjo District, Klaten, Central Java is a popular water tourism destination. Its uniqueness is that the water in this pennant is often taken for bridal showers, and is often used as a location for kungkum rituals.

Umbul which means this spring is located in an area of ​​400 square meters, located on the edge of a rice field. On the north side are rice fields and in the south are residential areas.

The main pennant is in the west and one smaller pennant in the south. One waste water reservoir is used as a culinary tour.

At the location there are seven large banyan trees standing. Some are still alive and some are starting to rot due to age.

“Sometimes it’s available for kungkum (soaking) in the context of rituals. There is also a bath for sick people, for the bridal shower, they often take it from here,” said the trader at the Umbul Manten tourist attraction, Sriyanto (56), to

Sriyanto explained that according to the ancestral story, the pennant had existed for centuries. In the days of the Islamic Mataram kingdom, it was also often used for bathing.

“In the days of the palace, it was said to take a royal bath. Since the first time, big trees were surrounded by large trees because the forest used to be around it,” continued Sriyanto.

Hundreds of years old tree that fell in Umbul Manten was planted again, Saturday (12/14/2019). (Achmad Syauqi/detikcom)

After there was a rice field, he continued, the area around the pennant was used as a vegetable garden because there was abundant water. The reason is that the water discharge from the ground spring is quite large.

“I once took part in measuring water flow with the DPU in 2017. At that time, the peak of the dry season in June only produced about 5 thousand liters per second,” said Sriyanto.

Umbul Manten, said Sriyanto, there is only one large spring in one pond. The flow of the spring was so strong that it had to be covered with stones.

“Back in the 2019 rehabilitation, there was a lot of water, just like Lapindo and it was covered with stones. It is said that there was indeed a stone gong to cover it, so the water wouldn’t gush out,” said Sriyanto.

Because of the large discharge, Sriyanto continued, water from Umbul Manten is used to supply drinking water needs for five villages. Even the scope of the water can irrigate thousands of homes.

“It is used for clean water in several villages. Starting from the villages of Sidowayah, Janti, Kranggan, Sidoharjo, and Keprabon. Thousands of houses, so this is vital and not for irrigation,” Sriyanto explained.

Meanwhile, Director of Bumdes Synergy in Sidowayah Village, Hartoyo, said that there were several villages that used Umbul Manten water. The villages pay for water per cubic meter.

The giant old banyan in Umbul Manten Klaten has been set up againBannerman Manten Klaten. (Acmad Syauqi/detikcom)

“So the payment is per cubic meter, but BPSPAM manages it. It covers thousands of households since the 1980s,” said Hartoyo at the location.

Hartoyo said Umbul Manten began to be used for tourism around 2016/2017. Previously this area was contracted by an outside manager.

“In 2016-2017 we started for tourism from previously being hired by outsiders. The income is quite good,” added Hartoyo.

One local resident, Abdul (37), added that Umbul Manten is often used for kungkum rituals. But since 2019 that activity has started to quiet down.

“Before 2019 it was busy for the kungkum ritual. Sometimes it started to finish Isha or midnight but after the tree fell it started to quiet down, only tourists were busy,” said Abdul.

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