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Galuh Kingdom
The territories of the Galuh Kingdom and its neighbour the Sunda Kingdom in Western Java
The territories of the Galuh Kingdom and its neighbour the Sunda Kingdom in Western Java
Common languagesSundanese, Sanskrit
Hinduism, Buddhism, Sunda Wiwitan
Maharaja, Prabu 
• Separation from Tarumanagara by Wretikandayun
• Unification of Sunda and Galuh under Sri Baduga Maharaja
CurrencyNative gold and silver coins
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Sunda Kingdom
Cangkuang temple

The Galuh Kingdom was an ancient Sundanese kingdom located in the eastern part of Tatar Pasundan (now West Java province and Banyumasan region of Central Java province), present-day Indonesia. It was established following the end of the Tarumanagara kingdom around the 7th century. Traditionally the kingdom was associated with Eastern Priangan cultural region, around the Citanduy and Cimanuk rivers, with territory spanned from Citarum river on the west, Pamali and Serayu river on the east. Its capital was first located in Karangkamulyan, Ciamis Regency, then Saunggalah, Kuningan, and Kawali, near today Ciamis City. The etymology of "galuh" is Old Sundanese and Kawi word for "gemstone".


Most of the knowledge about this kingdom was collected from local Sundanese myth and folktales, transmitted through Pantun Sunda oral tradition. The Sundanese epic folktale of Ciung Wanara took place in this kingdom. Scarce historical records include Carita Parahyangan and Wangsakerta manuscripts composed in later period. The only stone inscription was 14th century Astana Gede inscription discovered in Kawali, believed to be the former capital of Galuh. From all these sources, it was concluded that Galuh was a Hindu kingdom, the predecessor of later Sunda Pajajaran kingdom. It was about the same period as Javanese Mataram kingdom.

According to the Wangsakerta manuscript, Galuh was a vassal of Tarumanagara. After the fall of Tarumanagara, its dynastic patriarch, Wretikandayun of Galuh, separated his realm from Sunda kingdom in the west. Since the crown prince of Galuh was the son-in-law of Queen Shima of Kalingga, a Hindu kingdom in Central Java, Wretikandayun, supported by Kalingga, demanded that the remnant of what was known as Tarumanagara's territory be divided into two kingdoms. Finding himself in an unfortunate position and unwilling to risk a civil war, King Tarusbawa of Sunda granted Wretikandayun's demand. In 670, Tarumanagara was divided into two kingdoms: the Sunda Kingdom in the west, and the Galuh Kingdom in the east, separated by the Tarum (Citarum) River.

Galuh continued to exist as individual kingdom as the counterpart of Sunda until it was absorbed and incorporated within Sunda kingdom around the 10th century. Galuh and the Sunda kingdom, another Sundanese kingdom, established the United Kingdom of Sunda and Galuh.[1] Its centre in Kawali become the court capital until the 15th century when Sri Baduga Maharaja shifted the capital to Pakuan Pajajaran. In later period, during the expansion of Mataram Sultanate, the menak (nobles) of Eastern Priangan region (Ciamis, Tasikmalaya, Garut, Kuningan and Majalengka), claimed to hold the legacy and prestige of this ancient kingdom.

Cultural Heritage

Cangkuang temple located in Leles, Garut Regency is estimated to have been built during Galuh kingdom era. It is the only reconstructed Hindu temple in West Java.

List of monarchs

Name Reign Birth Notes
Wretikandayun 612-702 591 Reigned before as King of Kendan. Relocated capital to Karangmulyan after Galuh separated from Sunda
Mandiminyak 702-709 624 Born as Amara. Youngest son of Wretikandayun. Reigned before 702 as King of Kalingga.
Bratasena 709-716 Illegitimate son of Mandiminyak and his sister-in-law Pwah Rababu. Fled to northern Kalingga after the invasion of his half-brother Purbasora. Father of Sanjaya, King of Mataram Kingdom
Purbasora 716-723 643 Eldest son of Mandiminyak and half-brother of Bratasena. Allied with Indraprasta (Cirebon) to Invade Galuh and claim its throne in 716. Killed during the invasion Sanjaya in 723
Premanadikusuma 723-732 Also known as Bagawat Sajalajala. Son of Purbasora, appointed by Sanjaya to succeed Purbasora. During his reign Galuh came under Mataram influence. Spent most of his life as a rishi in Mount Padang, Ciamis. Killed by a ploy devised by his own vicegerent Tamperan Barmawijaya in 732
Tamperan Barmawijaya 732-739 Also known as Rakeyan Panaraban. Son of Sanjaya, appointed by his father to be the vicegerent of Galuh. Became king after Premanadikusuma was killed. Killed by Manarah in 739
Manarah 739-783 Son of Premanadikusuma. Killed Tamperan Barmawijaya to avenge his father and reclaim the Galuh throne. The main subject of Sundanese folktale Ciung Wanara
Guruminda Sang Minisri 783-799

See also


  1. ^ Ekajati, Edi S. (2005). Kebudayaan Sunda Jaman Pajajaran. Yayasan Cipta Loka Caraka.