Buddhist Temple in Blahbatuh

Hello from Bali! Hope you have a wonderful day. Bali! If talking about Bali there are the beautiful nature and awesome culture and tradition. Well, beside that there are also the unique and historical places to visit in Bali. Here today I would like to inform to you one of the historical place in Bali and you have to visit it. Here is it!

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Bali Goa Gajah or Elepenth Cave Temple located in Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali. The distance is around 25km from Denpasar city. You can visit Goa gajah start from 8 AM – 4 PM everyday and for the entry ticket is Rp 15.000 for Adult and Rp 7.500 for Child.

Like other temple in Bali, women during their periods are forbidden entrance and wearing a sarong and waist sash is a must. These are available for rent at the entrance. Goa Gajah temple celebrates its ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary on an ‘Anggara Kasih Prangbakat’ Tuesday on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar, corresponding to different dates on the Gregorian calendar each year.

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There are various theory about the origin of Gajah cave, such as back in time the Petanu River was originally called ‘Lwa Gajah’, meaning the ‘River Gajah’, before it came to be called Petanu River. Other sources state that the ‘Gajah’ or elephant aspect came from the stone figure inside the cave depicting the Hindu lord Ganesh, who is characterised by an elephant’s head .Gajah Cave is divided into 4 different complexes relieves like Ganesha, Trilingga, Petirtaan (bathing place) and Tukad Pangkung Valley where you can find 3 branched of stupa, 13 rows of payung relief and the Buddha statue

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There is a relief which is almost looking like the form of mountain on the entrance of this cave. It was carved many designed on the relief like grove with the stick, close leaf, animal for example forest pig, tortoise and specters. The cave mouth is decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side. There is an article letter of Kediri type from the early of 11 century was written on the wall left side or east side. There is a pool (Patirthaan) as a place to take the holy Tirtha water for Hindu ceremony which is located in the middle of the cave courtyard. This Holy Pool is previously piled up by land and it has been found on 1954 by Krijgsman from the Ancient Department. The Holy pool is equipped by the statue douche which is parallel arranged in two groups.

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