Goa Gajah Temple

 In Estern Bali, Place Of Interest

Located just 10 minutes outside of Ubud in Bali, Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site. Goa Gajah Temple is located in Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh District. Goa Gajah mean Elephant Cave ( Goa = Cave, Gajah = Elephant ).

Elephant Cave or Goa Gajah Temple is one of region most famous tourist sight, as well as one of its most significant historical markers. in addition to the caves hand tunneled through the face of the mountain, the complex above the petanu river include temple, statue, pavilion, and bathing pools.

The menacing entrance to Goa Gajah looks like a demonic mouth, suggesting that people are entering an underworld as they venture inside through the darkness.

Some claim that the entrance represents the Hindu earth god Bhoma while others say the mouth belongs to the child-eating witch Rangda from Balinese mythology. (For additional context, read our article on Bali’s culture.) Goa Gajah was listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

In the courtyard in the front of the cave are two square bathing pool with water gushing into them from waterspouts held by six fimale figures. to the left of the cave entrance, in a small pavilion is a statue of Hariti, surrounded by children. the origin of the cave are uncertain, one tale relates that it was created by the mighty fingernails of the legendary giant Kebo Iwa. Originally the name of Goa Gajah is derived from Lwa Gajah, the former name of the river near the cave, the recent name being Petanu River. A Goa Gajah Temple is one of favorite Bali Tours direction


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