Goa Gajah – Bedulu

Goa Gajah is best identified for its historic caves that have a carved stone which might be distinctively recognizable as being elephant formed, situated in west side of Bedulu countryside, Blah Batuh Sub district and Gianyar Regency. It’s about 27 km from Denpasar town. This cave is built at crevasse edge from the federation of 2 rills that is known as Pangkung River , the place the irrigation is combined with Petanu River flow. The federation space of two rivers is known as Campuhan/Mixture. It owns the magical vitality on the premise of Rwabineda Concept/two totally different issues on this fundamental idea therefore Gua Gajah (Elephant Cave) is intentionally constructed amongst two rivers. The cave was discovered by Department of Archeology in 1923, and the complicated of water spout was found by Dr. Krijgsman, a Dutch archeology.  Ref: The Istana Villa

A seven-meters deep cave with a shape of T-letter is the major attraction of this Bedulu village’s local temple. The cave it self is carved in a stable stone hill of the river valley. The principle figure of the carving at the cave entrance is ‘boma’, a barong face, accompanied with huge clapping fingers on its side. Leaf, flower, and a few horror figures may be observed if we give more attention look to the remainder of the carving. Some holes which might be thought of to be used as meditation or sleeping quarters could be found within the wall of the cave. Nowadays, those holes are used to put offerings every time there is ceremonies taking place. On the left finish aspect of the cave is Ganesha statue, believe it as ‘the God of information’. In the meantime on the best finish aspect could be found three ‘linggas’, that each of them devoted to the three widespread God manifestations in Bali, Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa. There are other three stone carvings in the centre wall, certainly one of them figuring head and face.

It was believed to have been constructed as a temple but the sleeping niches and Buddhist ruins simply exterior the cave recommend otherwise. Within the cave at the end of the T-formed passage is a four-armed statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity. At the reverse end sits a set of three lingga, or phallic image of Lord Shiva. To the aspect of the cave’s entrance is a 1,000-yr-outdated statue of Hariti, a Buddhist demoness cum goddess. She used to devour youngsters however reformed to become a religious Buddhist and protector of children. Excavations have uncovered a showering place with six statues of nymphs holding waterspouts. Ref: Bali Villas

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