Nyantri

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The Nyantri ritual, a training session to introduce the life and mannerism in the Kraton to the Sultan’s future son/daughter-in-law, was held for both the bride and the groom on Tuesday (20/10). Nyantri is meant for introducing the tradition of Kraton to the in-law. The ritual was commenced by picking up the groom in Bangsal Kasatriyan.

In front of Regol Magangan, at about 08.30am, there had been three carriages ready to pick up KPH Notonegoro. The carriages were Kus Gading Carriage, Kutharaharja Carriage, and Puspoko Manik Carriage.

Meanwhile, KPH Notonegoro had arrived at Dalem Mangkubumen and was welcomed by KRT Pujaningrat, who acted as the Representative of the Royal In-Law. Mangkubumen is approximately 500 meters to the west of the palace. “Long ago, this place was the residence of KGPAA Mangkubumi, the son of Hamengku Buwono VI,” explained KRT Pujaningrat BA. Mangkubumen was utilized as a place for KPH Notonegoro to take a break before he headed to the Kraton to perform the Nyantri.

KPH Notonegoro was asked to sit down on the center desk between his parents. Meanwhile, the other members of KPH Notonegoro’s family were on the west side facing the south face to face with KRT Pujaningrat and the Kraton nobilities.

At around 09.00am in Bangsal Kasatriyan, KGPH Hadiwinoto commanded Abdi Dalem Bupati Nyaka Pengageng II, KRT H Jatiningrat SH, along with KRT Yudahadiningrat SH to pick up KPH Notonegoro. The Utusan Dalems, or the Sultan’s Envoys, left Bangsal Kasatriyan for Regol Magangan.

Departing from Kagungan Dalem Regol Magangan, the Utusan Dalems rode on the Kutharaharja Carriage to Mangkubumen. Having arrived at Mangkubumen, the envoys were welcomed by KRT Pujaningrat BA.

The entourage was invited to enjoy the banquet for the moment. Afterwards, KRT H Jatiningrat SH and KRT Yudahadiningrat SH conveyed their purposes. KRT Jatiningrat SH said that he and KRT Yudahadiningrat were sent to fetch KPH Notonegoro and bring him to the Palace to join the event of Dhaup Ageng.

Then KPH Notonegoro left for the Kraton riding on the Kus Gading Carriage, while his parents rode on the Puspoko Manik Carriage.

Accompanied by police officers and the cavalry, the entourage in the carriages moved to Regol Magangan. Once in a while, KPH Notonegoro waved his hands to the enthusiastic crowd watching the procession of the carriages heading to Regol Magangan. The trip from Mangkubumen to Regol Magangan took approximately 10 minutes.

Arriving in front of Regol Magangan, the entourage rested for a moment to take off their footwears. KPH Notonegoro addressed the people who enthusiastically welcomed him. The Utusan Dalems then accompanied KPH Notonegoro along with his family to enter the Bangsal Kasatriyan. As they arrived at Bangsal Kasatriyan, KPH Notonegoro and the family were invited to take a break and was served in Bangsal Sri Katon.

After taking a short break, it was time for KPH Notonegoro to perform the Nyantri. During the Nyantri ritual in Kasatriyan, KPH Notonegoro was taught the customs of the Kraton. He learned the way of speaking Javanese in front of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, how to do the kneeling, and ngapurancang—a gesture designated for a male Javanese. KPH Notonegoro was also taught how to conduct Laku Ndhodhok, a certain walking gait in a squatting position, as a form of good manners.

According to KRT Pujaningrat BA, in the past the ritual of Nyantri was held for 40 days. However, since the era of Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX, the learning process was shortened. Today, the Nyantri ritual was held only for a day.

Having performed Nyantri, KPH Notonegoro stayed at Bangsal Kasatriyan to proceed to the Siraman ritual, a ritual of self-purification done by pouring water to one’s body. KPH Notonegoro along with his family would still be in Bangsal Kasatriyan until the chain of wedding events are all performed.


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Selasa (20/10), upacara Nyantri untuk kedua calon mempelai dilaksanakan. Upacara Nyantri bertujuan untuk mengenalkan tradisi Kraton kepada calon menantu. Bagi calon mempelai pria, Nyantri diawali dengan penjemputan dari bangsal Kasatriyan.

Di depan Regol Magangan, Kraton, sekitar pukul 08.30, sudah ada tiga kereta yang akan digunakan untuk menjemput KPH Notonegoro. Kereta tersebut adalah Kereta Kus Gading, Kereta Kutharaharja, dan Kereta Puspoko Manik.

Sementara itu, KPH Notonegoro telah sampai di Dalem Mangkubumen dan diterima oleh KRT Pujaningrat, selaku Wakil Calon Besan Dalem. Mangkubumen terletak sekitar 500m arah barat Kraton. “Dahulu tempat ini merupakan tempat tinggal KGPAA Mangkubumi, Putra Sultan Hamengku Buwono  VI,” jelas KRT Pujaningrat BA. Mangkubumen digunakan sebagai tempat istirahat sebelum KPH Notonegoro menuju ke Kraton untuk Nyantri.

KPH Notonegoro lalu dipersilahkan duduk di meja tengah diapit kedua orangtuanya. Sedangkan keluarga KPH Notonegoro yang lainnya berada di sebelah barat menghadap ke selatan berhadap-hadapan dengan KRT Pujaningrat dan para kerabat kraton.

Sekitar pukul 09.00, di Bangsal Kasatriyan, Kraton, KGPH Hadiwinoto memerintahkan Abdi Dalem Bupati Nayaka Pengageng II, KRT H Jatiningrat SH, serta KRT Yudahadiningrat SH untuk menjemput KPH Notonegoro. Utusan Dalem tersebut kemudian bersama-sama meninggalkan Bangsal Kasatriyan menuju Regol Magangan.

Berangkat dari Kagungan Dalem Regol Magangan, para utusan menggunakan kereta Kutharaharja menuju Mangkubumen.Sesampainya di sana, para utusan diterima oleh KRT Pujaningrat BA.

Rombongan dipersilakan menikmati jamuan sejenak. Setelah itu, KRT H Jatiningrat SH dan KRT Yudahadiningrat SH, menghaturkan maksudnya. KRT Jatiningrat SH mengatakan bahwa ia dan KRT Yudahadiningrat diutus untuk menjemput KPH Notonegoro  ke Kraton untuk mengikuti rangkaian acara Dhaup Ageng.

Setelah itu KPH Notonegoro pun beranjak menuju Kraton dengan menaiki kereta Kus Gading, sementara kedua besan menaiki kereta Puspoko Manik.

Dikawal petugas dari kepolisian dan pasukan berkuda, rombongan kereta berjalan menuju Regol Magangan. Sesekali nampak KPH Notonegoro melambai pada kerumunan masyarakat yang antusias melihat iring-iringan kereta menuju Regol Magangan. Perjalanan dari Mangkubumen menuju Regol Magangan memakan waktu kurang lebih 10 menit.

Sesampainya di depan Regol Magangan, rombongan beristirahat sejenak untuk melepas alas kaki. KPH Notonegoro nampak sejenak menyapa warga yang antusias menyambut kehadiran calon menantu Sultan tersebut. Utusan Dalem lalu mengantar KPH Notonegoro beserta keluarga untuk memasuki  Bangsal Kasatriyan. Sesampainya di Bangsal Kasatriyan, KPH Notonegoro beserta keluarga dipersilahkan istirahat dan dijamu hidangan di Bangsal Sri Katon.

Setelah beristirahat sejenak, tiba saatnya bagi KPH Notonegoro untuk melakukan Nyantri. Selama Nyantri di Kasatriyan, KPH Notonegoro diajarkan adat istiadat yang ada di Kraton. KPH Notonegoro belajar cara berbahasa Jawa dengan Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, cara menyembah, dan ngapurancang (gesture tubuh ala Jawa). KPH Notonegoro juga diajarkan laku ndhodhok, yakni cara berjalan dengan berjongkok yang menjadi simbol perilaku sopan.

Menurut KRT Pujaningrat BA, dahulu upacara Nyantri dilaksanakan selama 40 Hari. Namun, semenjak era Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX, proses ini dipersingkat. Saat ini prosesi Nyantri hanya dilakukan selama satu hari saja.

Setelah selesai melaksanakan upacara Nyantri KPH Notonegoro tetap berada di Bangsal Kasatriyan untuk melanjutkannya dengan upacara Siraman. KPH Notonegoro beserta keluarga akan tetap tinggal di Bangsal Kasatriyan sampai rangkaian pernikahan di Kraton selesai.

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