Have you ever watched a photo upload of a vertical light in a cave with a silhouette of a man standing on a granite rock?
Photography enthusiasts call this gray-white bright light the term “divine light.” A beautiful light descended directly from heaven to the earth’s bowels. Meanwhile, in terms of physics, light is called a ray of light.
One tourist destination offering this beautiful view is the Jomblang Cave at Jetis Wetan, Pacarejo, Semanu, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta.
Jomblang Cave is one of the many caves in the limestone rock area of Mount Sewu. This vertical cave with the type of collapse doline (basin) has a depth of 60 meters.
Here are three exciting and unique facts from Jomblang Cave.
1. Formed by subsidence of land thousands of years ago
Jomblang Cave was formed due to soil and vegetation that collapsed to the bottom of the earth thousands of years ago.
The ruins form a sinkhole or well, which in Javanese is known as the lung.
This natural formation makes Jomblang Cave unique. The reason is inside the cave, a cave mouth covers an area of up to 50 meters. Not surprisingly, the local people call it Luweng Jomblang.
2. The divine light only appears for one hour
The appearance of divine light in the Goa Jomblang only appears once at 11.00-12.00 WIB. Outside of this time, visitors cannot get divine light.
Each visitor is only given between 1-1.5 hours by the management to explore the cave.
Therefore, choose the right time according to the moment of the appearance of the divine light, which is only one hour
to get a slick ray of light shots using the night shoot mode.
With night shoot mode alone, the results are excellent. In shooting a ray of light, there are two ways: supported by a tripod and not. However, the results of both are equally good. Even without a tripod, the results don’t shake or blur.
In addition, to maximize the limited time, tourists who want to take pictures use a selfie stick, aka a narcissistic post (tongs). This tool is essential for recording yourself in video form when visitors are pulled to the bottom of the cave using ropes.
When we go down, (we) can record a video of ourselves being stretched to the bottom of the cave. Moments like this must also be immortalized.
3. Connected with an underground river
Just so you know, Jomblang Cave is liaison access with Grubug Cave. The Jomblang Cave and Grubug Cave are connected by a 300-meter (m) long tunnel.
The view at the bottom of the cave also spoils tourists. The reason is that inside there are natural ornaments in the form of rock crystals, stalactites, and stalagmites that adorn the cave walls.
Visitors can also walk down the aisle. In fact, you can hear directly the roar of the underground river at the bottom of the cave.
The divine light was formed because in that part of the cave there was an underground river. When the river water flows, water vapor will come out to form a ray of light.
Those are three unique facts about Jomblang Cave which attract tourists to explore the beauty of the geopark in Gunung Kidul.