Gunung Kawi is definitely not such a high or outstanding volcano, but visitors of this mountain is very crowded, especially on Jum’at Legi in Javanese Calendar. It is just 2000 m asl, located in Wonosari, Malang, East Java. This place is popular among Indonesian Chinese for spiritual purpose.
Entering the region, the atmosphere of china town cab be felt. Smell of incensed in the air, chinese visitors busy withn their spiritual activities and chinese temple. It may look like a market especially on certain days of Javanese calendar ; Senin pahing, Suro, Jum’at Legi. Accomodations facilities are also available here, also restaurants offering chinese culinary like pork satay. Even fortune teller practice in this site. Flower sellers, chinese prayeing items shops, food stalls, cascading side by side. Far than common mountain spot to relax. Javanese influence can be felt here that Gunung Kawi is a blend of Javanese and Chinese Culture.
The belief that praying and holding ritual here can bring luck for business, luck or family life has been popular in Java even Indonesia and abroad. There are ritual procedures should be held by visitor for their purposes, and for this they should spend not a cheap cost for sure. It started in the early in 1900 the Chinese visit Mt Kawi to get luck in bussiness.
There are two tombs located in this site that are deemed as sacred. They are the drave of Mbah Imam Sujono and Mbah Djoego or Ki Zakaria II. They both were
Sacred places in Gunung Kawi are namely old banyan tree with 5 roots, tomb of Eyang Jayadi and Raden Ayu Tunggul Wati, descendants of King Kediri dated 1221. Eyang Subroto Tomb, Eyang Djoyo tomb and Eyang Hamid Tomb, that are believed to have success virtue. ANd there are two other tombs of Eyang Jugo and Eyang Sujo, the descendants of Mataram that accompanied Pangeran Diponegoro to fight against Dutch.
Though tombs are of moslem deceased, Chinese that are mostly non moslem still regard them as sacred. This has been a tradition.