Wow…Betapa Eksotisnya Bukit Geger..!

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Awan tipis bersemayam di atas perbukitan Geger. Tidak diketahui pasti berapa ketinggian bukit ini karena memang di Madura tidak dijumpai gunung, yang ada hanya perbukitan yang tak terlalu tinggi. Kami baru saja melewati kebun kaliandra dan gliricide di salah areal tanaman kebun energi milik Nurul Huda di Desa Geger. Dari Desa Kombangan, tempat pabrik wood pellets CV Gerbang Lestari berada hanya perlu waktu sekitar 30 menit menggunakan mobil, meniti jalan beraspal dan sebagian lagi jalan “keriting”. Maklum masih tanah-tanah pedesaan dengan rumah berderet yang sesekali tampak seperti rumah mewah dan anggun. Memang tak bisa dipungkiri banyak rumah-rumah megah dan masjid yang sangat agung. Bahkan ada satu masjid yang dibangun oleh Haji Sholeh dengan biaya yang fantastis, tiga milyar rupiah, dan biaya itu berasal dari menjual kayu jati. Karena menurut si pendiri masjid yang sholeh ini, dia ingin membiayai masjid tanpa tercampur dengan uang yang subhat, jadi uang dari menjual kayu di hutan bisa dijamin kehalalannya, demikian cerita Noer Yanto, salah satu tokoh penggerak petani.

Thin clouds rest upon the hills in Geger. It is not known exactly how high these hills are because there are no mountains in Madura, only hills which are not that high. We have just passed the Calliandra garden and gliricide in one of the Biomass Energy Estates in DesaGeger that belongs to Nurul Huda. It was about 30 minutes the trip from Kombanganvillage where the wood pellet mill built towards Geger hill. As we drive along the paved roads we came to some parts where the road was a bit bumpy, Although still considered rural, we spotted some houses that where rather luxurious and elegant. It is obvious that there are, many pretentioushomes and monumental mosques existing here. There’s even a mosque, built by HajiSholeh, which costhim three billion rupiah to build, and he earned the money from selling teak wood.HajiSoleh, who is also known as a well devoted muslim, wanted to build the mosque from well earned money (halal, not from money that he was not sure of or known as syubat) says NoerYanto, a prominent figure amongst the farming community.

Bukit Geger adalah ikhwal hidupnya masyarakat Geger karena mulai dari sana cadangan air tersimpan dalam tanah yang tertahan oleh hutan dan akar-akar pohon ketika hujan. Masyarakat disekitar bukit tersebut juga hidup nyaman karena pasokan udara yang bersih. Kami melihat rimbunnya hijauan ternak dan sapi-sapi berwarna kecoklatan khas Madura. Itu adalah sapi-sapi yang biasa dijadikan sapi balap untuk acara Kerapan Sapi setiap tahunnya. Di lereng bukit terhampar hutan tipe agroforest dan sebagian lagi hutan tanaman rakyat monokultur. Musyawi, salah satu ketua kelompok tani menuturkan bahwa lahan miliknya sekitar 5 hektar yang ditanamai jati kini sudah berumur sekitar 8-10 tahun. Mungkin jika dijual 5 tahun lagi dia benar-benar jadi Milyarder.

The hills in Geger has been the spring of life for the people surrounding, because it is there where rain water is stored in the earth, retained by the forest and by roots of the trees. The hills surrounding the village, makes it a comfortable place to live in for the people because the air is clean and lavinshing greenery and even the brownish colored cows, that are commonly used for their annual traditional racing event live well.On the hillside lay agroforest and monoculture community forests. Musyawi, the head of one of the farming communities in the area, said that about 5 hectares of his land, is planted with teak wood. currently they are about 8-10 years old. If he decides to sell them in 5 years, he will be a billionaire….

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Rasa suntuk kami setelah beberapa hari mempersiapkan instalasi pabrik wood pellet di Kombangan dan training manajemen pabrik tiba-tiba sirna setelah kami sudah sampai kaki bukit Geger. Rombongan kami ada enam orang yaitu Puput Yulianti, Nur Saadun, Endang Kintamani, Fery, Catur, dan saya sendiri siap-siap berjalan mendaki tangga bukit, mirip tangga-tangga menuju pesarean Imogiri atau pesarean Aer mata Ebuh yang menjadi ikon ziarah di Arosbaya Bangkalan. Kira-kira ada seratus dua puluh lima anak tangga yang sudah kami daki, dan wajah Puput tampak kelelahan dengan butiran keringat yang mengalir. Namun canda dan tawa Catur dan Fery membuat langkah kita tak berasa capek.

Our boredom after a few days preparing for the installation of the wood pellet mill, in Kombangan and conducting a factory management training, suddenly vanished after we reached the foot of Geger hill. Our team was a group of six, consisting of, PuputYulianti, NurSaadun, EndangKintamani, Fery, Catur, and myself.we had just started walking up the steps of the hill, similar to the stairs leading PesareanImogiri, or PesareanAer mata Ebuh, which have become a prominent destination for pilgrimage, in BangkalanArosbaya. Approximately one hundred and twenty-five steps, that we climb, and Puput face looked tired and sweating. But jokes and laughter from Catur and Ferymade our journey less tiring.

Menjelang puncak bukit Geger kami telah disambut dengan sekawanan kera ekor panjang seolah-olah ingin mengucapkan kata selamat datang. Di atas puncak bukit ini tumbuh tanaman mahoni dengan diameter rata-rata 70 cm bahkan ada yang mendekati 1 meter. Namun mata kami tertumbuk pada salah satu makam yang bertuliskan Raden Segara (Putra Prabu Gilingwesi). Pastilah tempat ini memiliki nilai sejarah yang sangat menarik. Pada areal tersebut juga berdiri sebuah Musholla kecil. Di belakang Musholla ada satu makam lagi dengan bungkus kain berwarna kuning. Itulah makam Putri Kuning atau Putri Koneng kata orang Bangkalan. Banyak orang yang tidak tahu bahwa di samping makam Putri Koneng tersebut terdapat ruangan khusus dan gelap untuk bertapa (bersemadi) dengan lubang batu seperti pintu masuk dengan lebar 1 meter dan tinggi 1,5 meter. Konon Putri Koneng diusir dan diasingkan oleh Kerajaan karena telah melakukan perbuatan aib yang kemudian melakukan pertapaan bertahun-tahun di bukit itu sampai akhir hayatnya untuk menebus dosa dan kesalahannya.

Towards the top of the hill Geger, we were greeted by a group of long-tailed monkeys, as if they wanted to welcome us. On top of this hill, mahogany can grow up to an average of 70 cm in diameter , some even close to 1 meter.
However, our eyes fell on to a tomb that read Raden Segara (son of King Gilingwesi). Surely this place holds some interesting history. We also found a small mosque and behind it there was another tomb, wrapped in a yellow cloth. The tomb beelonged to the Yellow Princess or Putri Koneng as told by the people of Bangkalan. Many people do not know that beside the tomb, there is a dark compartment usually used for meditating, with holes like a stone entrance, 1 meter wide and 1.5 meters high. It is said that Princess Koneng was exiled from her palace for committing something disgracfull, she then meditated for many years in the hills to pay for her sin and guilt until the end of her life.

Selain itu, jika kita mau meniti jalan setapak ditepi bukit Geger kita bisa menjumpai salah satu Goa yang dijuluki Goa Planangan. Tak kalah menarik dengan pertapaan Putri Koneng, Goa Planangan memiliki nuansa magis karena kata orang di tempat itu bisa membangkitkan birahi wanita maupun pria. Benar atau tidak, Anda bisa datang kesana dan membuktikan sendiri.

Moreover, if we continue to go through the path until the end of Geger hill, we will come across a cave called Goa Planangan .this site is as interesting as the meditation tomb of Princess Koneng, Goa Planangan has a supernatural feel all around and they say, the cave can help evoke sexual urge to women and men. True or not, you can go there and prove it yourself.

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Daru – Medio Mei 2014

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