Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah Temple

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 historic place with its beauty and majesty

The Elephant Cave, also known as Goa Gajah, is an archeologically significant Hindu temple. The structure of the stone dates from between the 9th and 10th centuries.

Pura Goa Gajah is one of the oldest and also historic temple. This temple became a symbol and witness the development of Hindu and Buddhist civilization on the Bali island.

Its location is in the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud. You do not need more than an hour to descend to its relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings. In this place you can also can see a central meditational cave, bathing pools and also the fountains.

Enter through the dark looming mouth of a kala head and has the bulging eyes typical of these sculptures. The cave itself is only small. See the ancient inscriptions and follow the narrow passageway to the end. On the left is a small alcove with a statue of Ganesh and on the right is a small worship area. This small worship area is representations of lingam a symbol of Shiva and yoni a representation of female creative energy.

Descend the stairs to the gardens with the pond of Patirtaan, which is said to contain holy water and is used for ceremonies. Check out the statues around the fish pond and lily pond, these depict Widyadara-Widyadari angels.

You need less than 15 minutes to see the Goa Gajah temple complex. It is a worth place for you to come, the beauty of temple architectures and  exotic rice fields great for spot photos. View can be Set out exploring and visit the small waterfall in the valley, stroll through tropical gardens, or inspect the nearby Buddhist temple.

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Culture and history info

The word of Goa Gajah is anticipated coming from the word of Lwa Gajah, the name of Buddhist Temple or hermitage for Buddhist monk. The Goa Gajah's name is written on Negara Kertagama papyrus which is compiled by Mpu Prapanca on 1365 M. Lwa or Lwah/Loh mean the river and it reflect to the meaning that the hermitage is located at Gajah River or in Air Gajah. In the year inscription 944 Saka, it is mentioned with the name of ‘ser ring Air Gajah' that is meaning the Subak leader in Air Gajah. The word has mentioned that the hermitage of Lwa Gajah is located in Subak Air Gajah. Among the local residents, the Goa Gajah Temple is better known as Cave Temple, located in the west of Bedahulu Village, Blahbatuh Subdistrict, Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km east of Denpasar. A visit to this temple can be done easily because it is only a few feet below the highway toward the village of Tampaksiring Indeed this temple was built at the valley of Petanu River having beautiful natural panorama.Culture and history image

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