Pilgrimage of the newly installed Sultan Idris Shah II to the royal makams, 1963

The following includes a translated excerpt from the Buku Chenderamata Pertabalan Sultan Idris Shah regarding the menziarahi makam-makam aspect of the installation ceremony.

Following the tabal jin (or tabal pusaka) ceremony, the newly installed DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II and the Raja Perempuan Muzwin, along with their retainers, made a pilgrimage to the royal tombs (makams) of past Sultans, starting with the tomb of Tok Temong at Kati, near Kuala Kangsar.

The newly installed Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah II, Raja Perempuan Muzwin and members of the royal retinue at the tomb of Tok Temong in Kati. (Image from KEMAJUAN courtesy of Mahfuz Al-Haddad)

On the same day, the pilgrimage took them to Makam Kota Lama Kanan, Makam Sayong, Makam Bukit Chandan (the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum) and Makam Teja.

Visiting the makam of Almarhum Sultan Mansur Shah I (SP2, 1549-1577) at Kota Lama Kanan (left photo) and the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum at Bukit Chandan. (Image from KEMAJUAN courtesy of Mahfuz Al-Haddad)

On a later date, the DYMM Sultan and the Raja Perempuan boarded the balai gambang (royal barge) named ‘Chempaka Sari’ which took them to the older royal tombs of past Sultans dotted along the Sungai Perak down to Beting Beras Basah[1].

The balai gambang 'Chempaka Sari' on the Sungai Perak. (Image from KEMAJUAN courtesy of Mahfuz Al-Haddad)

Visiting the makam of Almarhum Sultan Alauddin Shah ibni Raja Kechil Lasa (SP5, 1594-1603) at Bota Kanan. (Image from KEMAJUAN courtesy of Mahfuz Al-Haddad)

Visiting the makam of Almarhum Sultan Tajul Ariffin ibni Sultan Mansur Shah I (SP4, 1584-1594) at Pulau Semat near Manong. (Image from KEMAJUAN courtesy of Mahfuz Al-Haddad)

Prior to arriving at Beting Beras Basah, the DYMM Raja Perempuan disembarked at Teluk Anson (now Teluk Intan) along with her royal retinue and the articles of the regalia. Women and the articles of the regalia are not to be brought to sea for this part of the pilgrimage. The DYMM Sultan then continued onwards, and on arrival at Beting Beras Basah, an istiadat whereby a doa of thanksgiving was made.

Footnote:
[1]Beting Beras Basah was the site where the first Sultan of Perak, Sultan Muzaffar Shah, landed as he arrived from Kampar in Sumatera.

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Reference: Menziarahi Makam2. Buku Chenderamata Pertabalan Sultan Idris Shah. p19.

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