Two Hundred Years Later
Over two centuries later, in the late 1980’s, certain events ensured that Sonosewu maintained its reputation as a sacred power spot:
The local government planned to build an irrigation and flood control canal to the east of Solo, cutting through an ancient shrine nest to where the White Elephant had indicated the Sonosewu Palace site. However, every effort to build met with failure. Bulldozers, ploughs and great steel machinery heaved and died with each new onslaught. One of the bulldozers even caught on fire. Defeated, the government moved the canal slightly to the west, safely hugging the outside of the sacred area, which was left unmolested by any further development plans.
In 1986, the buried ruins of a 6th or 7th century Buddhist temple were discovered, along with various valuable artifacts, gold, and pic. Mystics and thieves came in droves to plunder the precious artifacts, gold, or pic, but very soon met with accident or misfortune. In the end, nearly every offender returned the stolen goods taken and carefully covered the temple with earth once again, where is remains until this day (although the lore of Sonosewu still abounds with tales of magical “pusakas” – heirlooms and power objects – and precious “keris'” – Javanese daggers – dug up by humans or spirits from the land.)