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Jayaprana Loves Layonsari

Buleleng Regent Announces Plan to Enhance Historical Gravesite of Prince Jayaprana in North Bali

(3/3/2013) The regent of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana, has publicly pledged to beautify the gravesite of the ancient Balinese King Jayaprana.

In a story that dates back five centuries to a small Balinese kingdom known as Kalianget plagued by disease that decimated the local residents, including member of its royal household. It was during this time that the King discovered a small orphaned boy crying on the roadside mourning the loss of both his parents.

Moved by the boy’s circumstances, the King, who had lost his only Son to a plague, adopted the waif.

The boy, Jayaprana, was raised in the palace by the King as his own son and elevated to the role of Crown Prince. Known for his humility and unpretentious interactions with the people, Japayprana grew into manhood and fell in love with Layonsari - a flower seller from the local market

As the story is told, Jayaprana’s adoptive father,  the King, was also smitten with the Jayaprana's new bride - the beautiful Layonsari. Determined to have Layonsari for his own, the King fiendishly plotted to have his Son killed in battle.

Jayaprana learned of the deadly plot against his life from Patih Sawung Galing - the palace soldier assigned by the King to take his life. Torn between the love for his wife Layonsari and his deep affection and obedience to his Father, the King, Jayaprana willingly offered his life to his assassin. Preparing for death, Jayaprana adorned his hair with flowers, handing them one by one to the man assigned to take his life, and then offered his own sword to Galing in order that the King’s evil wishes might be fulfilled.

The tearful assassin killed Jayaprana after which, it is told, the Prince’s body and surrounding forest were immediately enveloped in sweet perfume. A white tiger then suddenly appeared at the scene of the murder and killed Patih Sawung Galing.

When Layonsari heard of her beloved Jayaprana’s death, she followed her husband and took her own life. Mysteriously, the same sweet scent that had permeated the jungle where her husband died, now also imbued her death scene and the surrounding palace grounds.

Remorseful for his role in the death of Jayaprana and Layonsari, the heartbroken King resigned himself to a life seclusion for the rest of his days.

The grief stricken people resolved to unite the lovers in death and brought Layonsari's body to the jungle clearing where here husband had died in order that the two lovers might be buried side-by-side. Also buried there was Jayaprana’s assassin, Patih Sawung Galing, whose duty is now to guard the graves of Jayaprana and Layonsari for eternity.

The graves of Jayaprana and Layonsari are located at Teluk Terima, near the seaside in Buleleng only a short distance from the main roadway. Today the couple is commemorated with statues of Jayaprana and his beloved wife standing in quiet witness at the burial site. Located about 45 kilometers form Pulaki Temple, the gravesites are situated in the West Bali National Park and afford excellent views of nearby Menjangan island.

The Regent’s plans are to preserve the romantic story of Jayaprana by upgrading the burials site, a popular place of pilgrimage by Balinese; particularly young couples preparing to be wed.

“By enhancing the site,” said Suradnyana, “ I hope that the burial place of Jayaprana can become a tourist attraction in Buleleng." He said he also hoped every sub district in Buleleng will take steps to preserve their local culture and historical icons.