View Full Version : Sadon Temple, Better Known As Reog Temple, Magetan - East Java

05-04-2016, 11:59
This temple is located by the road linking Magetan and Panekan in Sadon hamlet of Cepoko village, Panekan subdistrict, Magetan, East Java. Although the temple’s name is identical with the name of hamlet in which it is situated, local people prefer calling it Reog temple with the presence of Kalamakara statue that resembles tiger head in 'dhadhakmerak' dance. Dhadhakmerak is a mask depicting tiger head with peacock’s feathers around it. The total weight of the mask is around 30-40 kg to be worn by a Singabarong dancer.

Little is known about Reog temple, although this ancient heritage has been designated as an archaeological preservation site. It was said that this temple is a legacy from King Airlangga, but information is not available as to the time the temple was built and for what purposes. Restoration has yet to be conducted on this temple, considering it is still in ruined condition.

In 1966, irresponsible individuals destroyed the ruins. In 1969, led by Sutaryono, then the Chief of Culture Supervision Agency of Magetan, efforts were made to re-arrange the ruins. Historical artifacts found among the ruins are Kalamakara and dragon statues, zoomorphic sculptures, columns, yoni, and parts of temple’s corners.

Also found in the ruins are three stone inscriptions. According to Sarnu from the Archaeological Agency of Magetan, the inscriptions read A-PA PA-KA-LA, SA DA PA KRA-MA and BA DA SRI-PA SA-BA DA-HA-LA. Considering the square letters, the inscriptions probably come from the same period as inscriptions found in Pledokan of Kediri, East Java.

To the east of Sadon temple compound and in front of a public cemetery in Sadon hamlet, there is a small temple called Reca Sapi (cow statue). The size of this temple is smaller than that of other temples in East Java. Sudiro, a local villager, discovered this Hindu temple hidden among bamboo trees in 1971. Reca Sapi comprises five statues of Kandang (cowshed), Pakan (food container), Omben (water container), Capil (shepherd’s hat) and Cagak (column to tie cows on). The five statues are believed to be the manifestation of cow and herding tools belonging to Dadhung Awuk or Mahesadanu, a shepherd of legend in the area.

05-04-2016, 12:04