- Astana Giribangun
Astana Giribangun, (also "Giri Bangun"), is a mausoleumcomplex for the Suhartofamily of former Presidentof the Republic of Indonesia.It is located in Karang Bangun, Kecamatan Matesih, "Kabupaten" ( Regency) Karanganyar, Central JavaProvince approximately 35 kilometres from the city of Solo. The archaic Javanese prose title translates as "Palace of the Arisen mountain" [ [http://www.kompas.com/read.php?cnt=.xml.2008.01.27.20194337&channel=1&mn=1&idx=1 kompas.com] ] .
The building is in traditional
Javanese architectural style and occupying parts of the MangkunegaranRoyal Cemetery complex, it is approximately 300 metres from the burial sites of the Soloneseroyals Mangkunegara I, II and III. Former Indonesian President Soehartowas buried in Astana Giribangun following his death on the 28th of January 2008 with full State military honours, beside his late wife, Madame Tien Soeharto( Siti Hartianah Suharto,who passed away earlier on April 28, 1996) and her late mother Mrs. Soehjarto. [ [http://www.tempointeraktif.com/hg/nasional/2008/01/28/brk,20080128-116371,id.html tempointeraktif.com] ]
The actual site was controversial at the time as many Javanese believed Madame Suharto not to be of true noble blood, but the descendent of a faithful court servant (who was born a commoner). The Mangkunegaran Court reconciled this controversy and decreed Suharto may indeed build his Astana, but may not be built any higher than a pre-existing Royal tomb.
Astana Mangadeg, where Astana Giribangun is sited, was considered a powerful location by many dukun, spiritualists and soothsayers for the strongly kejawenor kebatinan Suhartoto meditate and derive charisma or " sakti" (magicks). [Astana Giribangun". Panduan Peziarah. Yayasan Mangadeg Surakarta. 1996]
The Astana Giribangun complex may be seen on Wiki Maps at this location (coord|-7.651922|111.070758|region:ID-JT_type:landmark_scale:5000|display=inline,title [Wiki Maps at this location http://wikimapia.org/#lat=-7.651922&lon=111.070758&z=18&l=0&m=a&v=2&show=/sys/edit_wiki3/%02id%016763821%00lng%010%00old_lng%0154] .)
*"Astana Giribangun". Panduan Peziarah. Yayasan Mangadeg Surakarta. 1996.(Indonesian language) ISBN- unknown.
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