HomeBlogs Sendang Sriningsih Sendang Sriningsih that was found in 1934 is a pilgrimage place for
Catholic people in Prambanan, the area that is famous for religious
Hindu Buddha tourism objects. The Cave of Mary and the spring water
will be the media of God’s blessings. The Sub-district of Prambanan
that by far is famous for temple tourism objects that are full of
Hindu-Budha nuance turns to have other tourism object with Christian
nuance. Sendang Sriningsih is one of them, a pilgrimage place in the
form of eternal water spring and Maria Cave that is located in
Gayamharjo, in between Bukit Ijo and Mintorogo. It is reachable by
motorcycle or car. Going eastwards from Prambanan temple, you will have
to turn right upon arriving at the third T-junction.
history of Sendang Sriningsih began in 1934, when a Jesuit priest named
D Hardjosuwondo SJ who was assigned in Jali village visited the place
that used to be called Sendang Duren. Enchanted by the spiritual aura of
the place, he then constructed the location around the water spring to
become a pilgrimage place and he then named it Sendang Sriningsih,
meaning the medium of God’s blessing to His people.
arrive the place, you can directly begin celebration process by tracking
the sacrification path. The route is designed in the form of ascending
stairs as long as 900 meters. Like any other sacrification path route,
there are relief along the path telling the journey of Jesus
shouldering the wooden cross. You may say your prayer while tracking
Sacrification path ends when you come to small
T-junction, turn right and see a big cross with Jesus effigy nailed on
the cross. The location of cross is named precisely the same with the
hill where Jesus was crucified, namely Golgotha. You can light candles
beneath the cross and say your prayer. Quite many people pray in this
place when YogYES visited.
If you want to see the spring and
Maria Cave, you turn left from the small T-junction. According to the
story, Sendang Sriningsih has become a lake beneath the earth and the
bank of it is cemented and the upper part is covered with plate to keep
the water clean. To take the water, you can open the tap at the right
side of the spring. There is belief that the water can cure illnesses.
high as four meters Mary Cave where pilgrims execute devotion is
located to the right of the spring. The place is quite vast and cool to
pray under big trees. By Christmas time, when YogYES visited, there
are many pilgrims praying in this Mary Cave. Usually, people come in
groups or with familiy or school colleagues.
from the cave to go upwards, you will see big Cross with the writing at
the back reading tertier millenium, symbolizing millenium change. If
you look straight ahead, you will see the green hill scenery and
housing around the area. When you get tired, you can take a rest in the
shelter while enjoying the breeze.
Celebrations are done nine
times in one year every Fridays night at certain Javanese calendar time
called Jumat Kliwon as a sacred day for Javanese people. Afterwards,
holy mass is celebrated with as many as 3,000 pilgrims involved. Such
holy ritual shows harmony of Javanese culture and Catholic culture in
One of other attractive factor of this place is the
water of the spring that is believed to be able to give safety and
deliver people from illness.