Jamasan, The Old Horse Drawn Carriage Washing Tradition in Yogyakarta Kingdom

Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Keraton Yogyakarta is the official palace of the Sultanate Ngayogyakarta. It is  located in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This Kingdom has officially become part of the Republic of Indonesia in 1950, the Keraton or the royal palace still serves as a residence of sultan and palace households are still running the imperial tradition until today. This palace is now also one of the tourism attractions, cultural tourism in the city of Yogyakarta. Some part of the palace complex is a museum that holds various collections of the empire, including a variety of gifts from the kings of Europe, replica of weapon heritage, gamelan and  chariot (horse-drawn carriage).

A unique tradition held every year  in Yogyakarta, the ritual of chariot washing. The tradition, known as "jamasan" is done every month of "sura" (one month in the Javanese calendar). Thousands of citizens followed this ritual, because they believe that the water used to wash chariot has a special powers, especially those related to health. Since morning, people from different regions have come to  the location of jamasan , two chariot are washed, the “Kanjeng Nyai Jimat” (the main chariot) and Kanjeng Kyi Wimono Putro.

This chariot made by Portuguese in the mid 18th century and was a gift from the Governor General of the Dutch in Batavia, Jacob Mossel for the King Of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I . It  used as the main train starting from Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I  to Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono  IV and now this chariot is put into the museum because the age.
Don’t forget to check your schedule of your visit to Yogyakarta, who knows you can witness this unique tradition.

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