In an area that is now called Hamlet of Need, Sukorejo Village, Kediri Regency, there lived a powerful woman who had the knowledge of leak (black magic). The woman is Calonarang. He has a black magic school and only has female students. There are four senior female students in the Calonarang black magic school, namely Nyi Larung, Nyi Lenda, Nyi Lendi, and Nyi Sedaksa.
Calonarang is a widow who is famous for being cruel and evil. He has a beautiful daughter. Her son is Diah Ratna Mengali. The child was never married by any man. This is because the mother can leak, of course her daughter can also have leak knowledge. The youths of his time did not dare to propose to Diah Ratna Mengali, they were afraid of the black magic possessed by Calonarang and her daughter. The news finally reached Calonarang’s ears. The news was conveyed by his subordinate named Nyi Larung, so Calonarang became furious and did not accept that Diah Ratna Mengali would eventually become an old maid.
The news, of course, came from the people of Kediri. Calonarang did not accept the accusation that her daughter could leak. Calonarang was actually an ordinary human who wanted her daughter to marry and give her grandchildren. However, the onslaught of slander he received caused Calonarang to be angry and wanted to retaliate against the people of Kediri.
Calonarang smiled with satisfaction, he couldn’t wait to take revenge against the people of Kediri who had tarnished his name. Calonarang began to prepare herself to conjure up the people of Kediri with all her strength.
The day before the Calonarang attack, the Kediri area still seemed safe, calm, and peaceful. Residents are still active as usual. They make a living by farming, fishing and trading. The children still look cheerful playing in their yard. Mothers are cool looking for lice in their hair and occasionally chatting with their group. In their spare time, the men stroke the fighting cock and feed the rooster.
When night falls, the atmosphere becomes different. The night is called Kajeng Kliwon. Trusted by locals, it is forbidden for people to go home in the middle of the night. That night was a sacred night with a tense atmosphere. At that time, Calonarang and his students had turned into leaks, ready to attack the people of Kediri.
Due to the black magic aura that had invaded and reached the villages, the nighttime weather instantly became hot and stifling. They sleep restlessly. Children and babies also experience the same thing. The babies in the village began to cry uncomfortably. The animals also signaled the emergence of something unusual. The geckos shouted, the crows began to sound, many frogs jumped and made noises even though it was not the rainy season. Sensing the oddity, people began to fear. Most of them did not dare to look outside the house. If they looked outside the house, a terrible sight would appear outside. The sky seemed to be turning red, the wind was hurricane, the weather was hot, and the animals were making noise. This fear makes those who dare to peek outside experience extreme pain or fear.
The next day, many residents were in an uproar with the sudden death. Before they die suddenly, they experience vomiting and diarrhea for no known reason. Many bodies were buried in the setra (cemetery). However, the people who participated in burying the bodies eventually became sick and died. The burying of corpses has happened in the coastal village of Kediri, as if the plague of death was close to them. Among the residents also complained to balian (shaman) to expel black magic. However, the balian who participated in expelling the black magic could not do much. After they performed the ritual of exorcism of black magic, the balian experienced diarrhea and died. This situation has made the community restless and finally the news reached King Airlangga.
The village officers or village administrators, the penglisir or elders, and the village officials went to King Airlangga about the disease or gerubuk disaster that hit most of the coastal communities of Kediri. Finally, King Airlangga ordered his troops to attack Calonarang. The army sent by King Airlangga was too easy for Calonarang. Calonarang was able to defeat King Airlangga’s army in a short time, and added to the anger of Calonarang himself.
Calonarang himself is a devotee of Durga and a follower of Bhairawa Pengiwa. He is able to perform rituals on Durga to cause a catastrophic plague that ends in death throughout the region.
King Airlangga was overwhelmed by the onslaught of Calonarang. He pondered for a moment to find a way out to face Calonarang. Finally, King Airlangga met his very powerful advisor, he was named Mpu Baradah.
Finally, Mpu Bahula’s entourage arrived in front of Calonarang. The candidate accepted the application. He was quite happy because his son had been proposed by a man. Mpu bahula finally married Ratna Mengali and lived in Calonarang’s house.
After some time, Mpu Bahula stayed at Calonarang’s place. He received information that Calonarang reads a book every day and performs haunted rituals. Mpu Bahula secretly stole a book that was read by his mother-in-law. The book was brought by Mpu Bahula to his teacher, Mpu Baradah. Incidentally, Mpu Baradah had been in Girah to heal people affected by witchcraft. Mpu Baradah carefully examined the book. After reaching the conclusion, Mpu Baradah ordered Mpu Bahula to immediately return the book to its original place, so that Calonarang would not realize that her book had been stolen.
Mpu Baradah was finally able to come face to face with Calonarang. With his diplomatic skills, Mpu Baradah reminded Calonarang to stop her magic against the people of Kediri. With the diplomatic power of MPU Baradah, Calonarang himself had realized his mistake.
The battle finally took place between Mpu Baradah and Calonarang. Calonarang finally spit fire out of his eyes to kill Mpu Baradah. However, Mpu Baradah is more powerful than Calonarang. The fierce battle was finally able to kill Calonarang standing up.
Given that Calonarang had repented and wanted to do ruwatan, Mpu Baradah was finally able to revive Calonarang. After learning the teachings of the truth to achieve moksha, Calonarang finally died forever.