Even today Kedungjati is not very different from what it was in
Bapak's time. The river still meanders through the classical Javanese
countryside. The town takes its name from a bend in the river where
there is a "kedung" that is an eddy or whirlpool, and a particularly
large teak tree or "jati".
According to legend, Bapak's ancestor Sunan Kalijogo, who was one
of the 9 walis or saints who spread Islam in Java, used to come
here to pray and the graceful lean of the giant teak tree was caused
by the power of Sunan Kalijogo, leaning against it.