Bali Elephant Cave

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The Elephant Cave-Bali

Goa Gajah, or ‘Elephant Cave”.  Located at Bedulu village, Gianyar regency, around 15 minutes from main of Ubud. Although this place called  by ‘elephant cave‘ it doesn’t mean there is any real elephant stay  here. The name of Goa Gajah derived from ‘Lawa Gajah’, which is mentioned in the manuscripts that found in this site. Goa Gajah is temple complex, where this area was built around 10 century based on epigraph found in this site.

The cave is carved in a solid stone hill of the river valley. The fiest figure of the carving on the cave entrance is ‘Boma’, a face of barong, with big clapping fingers on its side. Some holes can be found, that are considered to be used for  meditation . Nowadays, those holes are used to put offerings whenever there is ceremonies taking place. On the left end side of the cave is Ganesha statue, (‘the human-headed Elephant ). Meanwhile on the right end side you will find  three ‘linggas’, that each of them dedicated to the three common God manifestations in Balinese Hindu, that are  Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa.

 In the middle of the complex, in front of the cave, there is bathing place that is not any longer used by the local people. The angle figures within the bathing complex are about similar to common figures found in India. if you go down few steps and crossing a bridge above a small creek and follow another flight of steps up to eastern side of the valley, you can see a  sitting Buddha statue . This is the evident of a close relationship between the two religions (Hindu and Buddha). Goa Gajah  was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 19, 1995, in the Cultural category.

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Places of Interest Nearby:

taman nusaCulture Park rice paddy ubudRice Terrace – Ubud buterfly parkButterfly Park

 

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