Banyurojo, Water was the King!

Banyurojo in the morning

Banyurojo on Wednesday morning, January 27, 2010. Image by Sahrudin.

By: Sahrudin

BANYUROJO” comes from the Javanese words “banyu” and “rojo” which literally mean “water king.”
“Banyurojo” berasal dari kata bahasa Jawa “banyu” dan “rojo” yang secara harfiah berarti “air raja.”

More than a few “Banyurojonese” often wonder how their village got its name.
Tidak sedikit orang Banyurojo yang kerap bertanya-tanya bagaimana desa mereka bisa dinamai demikian.

Some people claim that Banyurojo was an area where residents experienced water shortages over a long period of time.
Beberapa orang berpendapat bahwa Banyurojo dulunya merupakan sebuah kawasan dimana penduduknya cukup lama mengalami kesulitan air.

Considering the difficulties in obtaining sufficient clean water to meet their needs, the presence of water was then seen as “a king”: Water is the King!
Saking sulitnya mendapatkan air bersih untuk memenuhi kebutuhan mereka, maka keberadaannya pun kemudian dianggap sebagai “raja”: Banyu adalah Rojo!

Banyurojo today is a village located on the Magelang Municipality – Magelang Regency border.
Banyurojo hari ini adalah sebuah desa yang terletak di perbatasan Kota dan Kabupaten Magelang.

The village is inhabited by almost 14.000 people, where the percentage of males is slightly higher than that of females.
Desa ini dihuni oleh hampir 14 ribu penduduk, dimana presentase penduduk laki-laki sedikit lebih tinggi dibanding penduduk perempuan.

There are five dusuns (hamlets) and several cluster housing in the village.
Terdapat lima dusun dan beberapa kawasan perumahan di desa ini.

Banyurojo is adjacent to Indonesia’s Military Academy, an educational institution which prepares candidates for service in the officer corps of the army.
Banyurojo berdempetan dengan Akademi Militer, sebuah lembaga pendidikan yang melahirkan calon-calon perwira korps Angkatan Darat.***(magelang.images@gmail.com)

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