I heard about a mystic fire in the jungle not far from my home in Tuban. The name of the fire is Kayangan Api. What means something like an eternal flame. The place deep in the Javanese jungle is around 25 km from Bojonegoro, a town next to Tuban. A sacred place with a mystical fire in East Java’s jungle sounds exciting.
The Indonesian island Java is a volcanic and seismic active island. Moreover, Java has huge natural resources in oil and gas. Where gas is seeping to the surface and venting to the atmosphere eternal flames may occur. The flames are a natural phenomenon and can be burning for centuries. Such eternal flames are quite common all over the world. Many eternal flames are also sacred places. Like the mystic fire near Bojonegoro.
Kayangan Api is a mystic fire and eternal flame in the Javanese jungle. The people believe if they make a wish on the eternal flame, that wish becomes true.
The fire pit is a circle of around four meters in diameter. In the center of the pit stones stacked up to a pile. There, the flames coming out between the stones and burning above. Small shrines surrounding the fireplace. On Friday evening people from near villages gathering here to hold ceremonies for instance. In addition, the mystic fire is a visiter spot.
Like everywhere in Java has this place also a legend. The legend says that a sword made in the flame get magical power. I came late in the afternoon because I’d like to see the flame in the darkness. However, the flames burn with a slightly orange or red till purple color. This unique atmosphere with the flickering flame, the little shrines, and jungle around make this place quite mystic. Especially in the darkness.