Many years ago before Malang became the second biggest city in East Java, Malang used to be the centre of government of the Kanjuruhan and Singosari Kingdom.
Here are some names of places that could support the history of Malang Birth Day.

  1. Kanjuruhan, written in the inscription 760 AD, now has changed into Kajuron (a place near Dinoyo).
  2. Balandit, written in the inscription 929 AD, now has changed into Belandit (a place in the eastern part of Singosari ).
  3. Turryan, written in the inscription 929 AD, now has changed into Turen (a place in the southeast of Malang).
  4. Panawijyan, written in the inscription in 943 AD, now has changed to Polowijen, the name of a Ward Administrative unit in Malang Municipality.
  5. Hantang, written in the inscription 1135 AD, now has changed into Ngantang (45 kms west of Malang).
  6. Katinden, written in the inscription on 1395 AD, now still uses that name up to the present time.
    (15 kms north of Malang).
  7. Mandaragiri, written in the Javanese History Book "Negarakertagama", is the name of a hill that is now known as "Mandaraka", belonging to Singosari Sub District. (+ 9 kms north of Malang).

Apart from the above evidences, there are still many other evidences supporting the history of Malang such as: the name of hills, rivers and archaeological remains (temples stupas, gates, and many others) Some centres of government that used to lie here, are:

  1. Kanjuruhan Kingdom, 8 th century AD that was centered around Dinoyo village now.
  2. Singosari Kingdom, 13 th century AD that was centered around Singosari Sub District now.
    And here, some other evidences to support that the centres of government have ever existed in Malang.
  3. When King Sindok from Mataram Hindu Kingdom governed, he left many important inscriptions in Malang.
  4. When King Jayabaya from Kediri Kingdom governed Ngantang (in the west of Malang) became an important area for his power to rule his kingdom.
  5. In the government of Majapahit dynasty, some important government officials were always stationed in Malang. The names of the important officials are among others:
    a. Mahamisi Diah Savitri at Kabalon (now: Kebalen)
    b. Singa-Wikrama-Wardhana Diah Suraprabawa at Tumapel, Singosari.
    c. Rajasa-Wardhana-Dewi Diah Seripura at Singosari.

In the following era, Malang regency still became an important place when the government of Mataram Kingdom took hold of the area. There fore Malang has been the largest regency in East Java and since then the development of Malang regency has increased well.
Talking about Malang Regency History the name of Regency itself has actually been known since there was a regular government. In this case, we have some reasons to support it.
1. We found the central government activities along the Brantas river.
2. We found the other central government activities at the other places in Malang.
3. The growth of Malang Regency population is the result of the historical l process, from 8 th century up to now.
4. The birth day of Malang Regency was closely connected with the time when the oldest central government was found in Malang.

Upon the above reasons, the birthday of Malang Regency was finally discovered and appointed, whith the following criteria:

  • The historical connection of the beginning of the real government and the cultural development of Malang Regency it self from time to time.
  • The significant thing to support the birth of Malang itself based on the oldest historical event from the development growth to be the real Malang Regency as what we see now.

Historical events have to be supported by an authentic historical source. That is the inscription. It is by no meant no daubs, for:
1. An inscription is issued by a king, deputy king, or official institution.
2. An inscription, as an official document must be permanent.
3. An inscription, must be made in its era or dynasty.
4. An inscription must be a primary source.

History of Malang Regency could be revealed through the Dinoyo inscription 760 AD as the primary official document to support the birth of Malang before a new inscription was discovered on December 6, 1986, which is so far not yet revealed.
According to the inscription. we conclude that the 8 th century was the beginning of the existence of Malang Regency Government~ because King Gajayana began to rule his kingdom in Malang for the first time at that time.
From the Dinoyo inscription' we notice that the inscription used the "Candra Sengkala" or 'Cronogram" Calender, and stated that the birth day of Malang Regency was on Jum'at Legi (sweet Friday) November 28, 760 AD. (L. Damaes: "Studed' Epigraphy d'Indonesia IV. 1952").

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