INDONESIA - The peak of the three-day royal wedding procession of Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X's fourth daughter, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Hayu, was concluded on Tuesday morning with the ijab qobul (Islamic wedding ceremony) held at the Palace's Panepen Mosque.
The ceremony started at 7:15 a.m. and was directly conducted by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. The wedding prayers were conducted by Kanjeng Raden Penghulu Kamaludiningrat to open the ceremony and was eloquently delivered in Javanese.
"I, Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Notonegoro, today carry out your majesty's command to marry your daughter Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu with the Holy Quran and a set of prayer outfits as a dowry. Thank you," KPH Notonegoro read out his wedding vows in fluent Javanese.
The ceremony was followed by more prayers and the signing of the ijab qobul documents and ended with the sungkeman (kneeling down to show respect) ceremony by the groom as a symbolic gesture of asking for the Sultan's blessing after the marriage.
Historian Djoko Suryo of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta said that the Panepen Mosque was deliberately chosen as the venue for the ijab qobul because it was considered the closest place to the Sultan's heart.
"For a Sultan, the mosque is a place to surrender to God. That's why it was chosen for the ijab qobul ceremony although the building itself is quite small," Djoko said.
After the ijab qobul, the groom was sent back to the Palace's Bangsal Kesatrian hall while the bride was directed to the Sekar Kedaton hall in order for them to prepare for the panggih (meeting) ritual.
"Panggih is a moment when the groom meets the bride after being married," Djoko said.