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Pandudewanata

Prabu Pandudewanata is the second son of Prabu Abiyasa, King of Astina. He is the father of the five Pandawas. Prabu Pandudewanata has two queens: Dewi Kuntinalibrangta (daughter of Prabu Kuntiboja of Madura) who bears him three sons–Yudistira, Wrekudara and Arjuna; and Dewi Madrim (daughter of the king of Mandraka and the sister of Prabu Salya) who bears him the twins Nakula and Sadewa. These five sons are known collectively as the Pandawas.

Prabu Pandu does not rule for long in Astina because of a grievous offense to the gods. Pandu–an avid hunter–inadvertently kills two deer in the forest who are actually the disguised spirits of a holy prieset and his wife. The gods are enraged by the murder and Pandu’s body is thrown into Kawah Candradimuka (the crater of hell). The holy seet Abiyasa, father of Pandu, vainly tries to bring his son back to earth but the gods are unwilling; instead he is taken directly to heaven and becomes a divinity there.

Prabu Pandudewanata has jaitan eyes, a pointed nose and closed mouth. His hair is tied in the kadal-menek knot and he wears waderan ear ornaments. It is recounted in the literature that his neck is crooked. He wears the ulur-ulur necklace, anklets, bracelets and armbands. He wears the bokongan putran dress.


(Sumber: Sejarah Wayang Purwa. Hardjowirogo. Jakarta: Perpustakaan Perguruan Kementerian P.P. dan K., 1955)

Publisher: Lontar Foundation;

Created: 2014

Source Rights: Ki Purbo Asmoro

Manuscript Code: LF-Pandu-2.kl_P5050353.jpg

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