Goa Gajah Temple becomes a popular destination for those who seek an archeological Bali day tour in their holiday in Bali. This temple also called The Elephant Cave. This place has some ancient statues of historical relics from the time of Udayana kingdom.
Goa Gajah Temple only known by the local before announced to the public in 1923. The history can’t be detected but it can be proved that this place was built in 11th century between 950 and 1050 AD, but most probably around the year 1000 AD, when Bali was ruled by the King Udayana. Our driver in Bali will become your guide to enter this site.
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The Elephant Cave is one of the cultural heritages in Bali that has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. This temple is very famous and frequented by tourists both domestic and foreign tourists when they travel to Kintamani volcano Bali.
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According to history, the name of this place derives by word “lwa Gajah”. That means cave or niches for the Bhiksu (priest) to meditate. So this place has a beautiful cave entrance with huge carving on it called Boma. The structure of the cave in this temple is T shaped, and inside the T shaped is found several niches that perhaps they are used by the Bhiksu (priest) to put their belonging while they were meditating. At one of ends of this cave there is a Ganesh statue, the God of prosperity and science. The other part also we can find triple Lingga as the symbol of male sovereignty. In front of the cave, you may see the bathing place which was discovered and restored only in 1954 during archeological investigations done by Mr. Krijgsman
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How to get to Goa Gajah Temple?
The Elephant Cave is located at Bedulu Village, Gianyar regency. If you depart from Ngurah Rai airport directly, it will take approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes, with the distance about 40 kilometers