Ancient hot spring may provide clues to lost palace of Majapahit monarch Tribhuwana Tunggadewi

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Source: Jakarta Post 20191028

via Jakarta Post, 28 October 2019: More on the ancient spring with the Garuda statue that was found recently.

The recent discovery of an ancient pentirtaan (hot spring) in Sumberbeji village, Jombang regency, East Java, may provide clues to the location of a palace of the short-lived Kahuripan Kingdom that later became seat of the strongest female ruler in the history of the Majapahit Kingdom, Tribhuwana Tunggadewi.

According to Wicaksono Dwi Nugroho, an archaeologist from the Trowulan Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency (BPCB) in East Java and the head of the Sumberbeji site excavation team, among the archaeological findings that support the assumption were an ancient brick structure about three kilometers north of the hot spring and the Rimbi Temple about 14 km southeast of Sumberbeji.

The excavation of the Sumberbeji site, which is believed to have existed prior to the Majapahit Kingdom and was later refurbished during that period, has so far unveiled almost the entire structure of a building and the architectural landscape. The management of the water supply for the hot spring and a water fountain inside the pentirtaan is also considered to be quite complicated and advanced. The water from the canal was channeled to three directions: to the left and to the right through the hot spring walls and out the front through a meru (mountain symbol) structure that existed in the middle of the pentirtaan. As the result, the water was distributed through dozens of fountains of several different heights.

Source: Ancient hot spring may provide clues to lost palace of Majapahit monarch Tribhuwana Tunggadewi – Art & Culture – The Jakarta Post