Palembang, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III

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Palembang, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III


Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III of Palembang. He is one of the 2 Sultans of PalembPalembang, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III ang,because he also has a rival. This sultan doesn’t speak much(type of the silent/mystical Asian monarch?).He is descendant of the last great ruling sultan of Palembang: the 19th century Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II. After this sultan were 2 other sultans, but not so influential.
Because Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III is descended from a sub-wife(selir) of his forefather, a young Palembang prince,who was descended from an 18th century great Sultan of Palembang and who was quite active in the cultural royal Palembang matters, installed himself as rival-Sultan.

The Council of the Palembang Customary Community installed Raden Muhammad Syafei Prabu Diraja as Sultan of Palembang Darussalam with the title of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III after the throne had been vacant for 178 years.

The coronation of the sultan took place at the Lawang Kidul Mosque, close to the tomb of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I (1724-1756), known as Kawah Tengkurep.

Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III replaced Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II who ruled until 1821, until exiled to Ternate, where he died in 1852. He was succeeded by Sultan Ahmad Najamuddin III as the sovereign ruler from 1821-1823, but with restricted power until ca. 22-11-1824.

Ahmad Najimuddin III was the son of Ahmad Najimuddin II; the younger brother of Mahmud Badaruddin II (one of the national heros of Indonesia), who ruled from 1812-1813/1813-1818.
He fled aftePalembang, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III r trying unsuccessfully to regain full power. He later surrendered and the monarchy in Palembang was abolished soon after.

There was a “smooth” transition of power nevertheless (with a bit of help from the Dutch of course!) during those turbulent years.

The newly installed Sultan said “It’s just beginning, I will conduct an inquiry of the sultanate area, customs and traditions, descendants and the sultanate accoutrements after the Council of the Palembang Customary Community approves me as the valid heir of the sultanate. The role of the sultanate which I will have will not be the same as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, as I will only be a customary leader because Palembang is now controlled by the Republic of Indonesia,” he added.



1454 Palembang Darussalam state founded.
1825 State suppressed by Netherlands colonial government.
4 Mar 2003 Royalty restored.

Emperors (Susuhunan) or Sultans
1798 – 1812 Mahmud Badruddin II bin Muhammad
(1st time) (susuhunan)
1812 – 1813 Ahmad Najmuddin II bin Muhammad
(1st time)(sultan)
1813 Mahmud Badruddin II bin Muhammad
(2nd time) (susuhunan)
1813 – 1818 Ahmad Najmuddin II bin Muhammad
(2nd time) (sultan)
1818 – 1821 Mahmud Badruddin II bin Muhammad
(3rd time) (susuhunan)
1821 – 18 Aug 1825 Ahmad Najmuddin III bin Ahmad (sultan)
4 Mar 2003 – Mahmud Badruddin III (sultan)


1700 Panei state founded.

Rulers (title Sutan Gagar Alam)
1790 – 1813 Raja Sati
1813 – 1856 Raja Badiri Sutan Mengedar Alam
1856 – 1880 Sutan Gagar Alam
1880 – 1907 Sutan Mengedar Alam Syah
1907 Tengku Sulung Syahmara
1907 – …. Sutan Gagar Alam Rahmatullah

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