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Mrapen (Indonesian: Api Abadi Mrapen) is the name of an eternal flame that is the result of natural geologic activity. The Mrapen eternal flame is located in Manggarmas village, Godong District, about 26 kilometers from Purwodadi Grobogan district, Central Java, Indonesia. This eternal flame was created through natural geological phenomena; the leaking of natural gas from the ground. It was unknown when the gas leakage was ignited, but the Mrapen flame was already known in the 15th century Demak Sultanate era. It was mentioned that the sacred kris heirloom dagger of Demak Sultanate was forged in the Mrapen flame.[1] The flame never extinguishes, not even in the middle of rain or winds.

The Mrapen eternal flame is considered sacred in Javanese culture, and it is used in annual Waisak Buddhist ceremony to be brought to Mendut and Borobudur temple together with sacred water from Umbul Jumprit spring. It was also used for several torch relay for multi sport events held in Indonesia. The first time it was used in GANEFO sport event held on 1 November 1963. Later every Pekan Olahraga Nasional (Indonesian National Sport Week) always used Mrapen flame, followed by 1997 Southeast Asian Games, 2008 Asian Beach Games, 2011 Southeast Asian Games, and 2011 ASEAN ParaGames.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obor SEA Games XXVI Mulai Diarak dari Mrapen" (in Indonesian). Tempo Interaktif. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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KOMPAS.com
Sat, 09 Jul 2011 01:48:43 -0700

GROBOGAN, KOMPAS.com — Nama Mrapen dikenal sebagai penyedia api abadi yang biasa digunakan untuk menyalakan obor berbagai event olahraga. Juga selalu menjadi langganan pengambilan api suci Waisak tiap tahun. Namun anehnya, sampai ...
 
Suara Merdeka CyberNews
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 03:18:45 -0700

GROBOGAN, suaramerdeka.com - Masyarakat Kecamatan Godong, khususnya di Desa Manggar, Kabupaten Grobogan menyambut gembira rencana pemerintah Grobogan untuk menjadikan Api Abadi Mrapen sebagai museum olah raga Nasional.
 
KOMPAS.com
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 02:26:29 -0800

SEMARANG, KOMPAS.com- Lokasi wisata alam Api Abadi Mrapen di Desa Manggarmas, Kecamatan Godong, Kabupaten Grobogan, Jawa Tengah, kini ditawarkan untuk dijual. Salah satu alasan penjualan itu adalah adanya rencana pembagian waris atas ...
 
Jakarta Post
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:15:00 -0700

In the first year he tended the workshop's mrapen or open fireplace, preparing firewood and charcoal to burn iron, copper, tin and bronze — the main materials for forging gamelan. “We worked in order to survive and buy rice. We had since childhood ...
 
eTurboNews
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:05:11 -0800

The eternal flame, which will again be taken from Mrapen at Grobogan, Central Java, will once again become the symbol to fire up the competitive spirit of sports. And just as at the 26th SEA Games, the eternal flame will ignite the cauldron that ...
 
Suara Merdeka CyberNews
Fri, 05 Aug 2011 08:02:01 -0700

Jakarta, CyberNews. Kondisi mengenaskan di situs wisata bersejarah Api Abadi Mrapen, Grobogan mendapat perhatian pemerintah pusat. Menteri Pemuda dan Olahraga Andi A Mallarengeng mengungkapkan pihaknya ingin membangun fasilitas di situs ...
 
Jakarta Post
Wed, 02 May 2012 17:45:00 -0700

The following day, on Saturday, another ritual will be held to take the flame from the source of the eternal flame of Mrapen in Purwodadi, Central Java. The flame, according to Pabhakaro, symbolized light that would bring enlightenment to human beings.
 
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Tue, 17 May 2011 17:00:32 -0700

The sacred water was previously taken from the Umbul Jumprit spring in Ngadirejo district, Temanggung regency, Central Java, while the sacred flame was taken from the Mrapen natural flame source in Grobongan regency, Central Java. The parade started ...
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