Long ago, when the queen of King Brawijaya V from
Majapahit still bore her child, the king ordered the building of a
gateway as an entrance to the residence of the future crowned
prince. The Queen, Dewi Arimbi, was actually a giant princess from
the land of Alengka. When she almost gave birth to her child, the
princess' secret was discovered by the king. Feeling shame, Dewi
Arimbi left the castle to go to Damarwulan forest in Kencong,
Kediri. Here the son of Dewi Arimbi was born, and his name was
Aryo Damar. The construction of the gateway was stopped. On the
left and right side of the gateway were carved a relief of a
giant, as if it was the picture of Dewi Arimbi. Because of the
unfinished construction, until today the gateway has been known as
Bajangratu. This story still has a place in people's mind, and
they still believe that it is a taboo for government officials to
enter this gateway because it can bring bad luck.
True or not, just try it!