Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Despite its name, you won’t find any pachyderms here, unless you count the stone figure of Ganesh, a Hindu lord with an elephant’s head. A special place to visit, tourists staying in Ubud won’t need more than an hour to explore the relics contained in the courtyard, meditation cave, fountains, bathing pools and rock-wall carvings.
Built as a spiritual place for meditation, Elephant Cave Temple dates as far back as the 11th century. Built on a hillside where two streams met to form a river junction, the site was deemed sacred and the temple was built for prayer and enclosed meditation. The entrance to the cave depicts a giant menacing face whose wide open mouth forms the doorway. While there are a various animal and forest motifs depicted by carvings on the outer rock face, the giant face of the doorway is considered to be that of an elephant.

 

 

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Although you cannot enter the temple grounds, the panoramic views and cultural offerings are highlights to enjoy. On the holy day of Kuningan, five days prior to the temple’s anniversary date, the heirloom pilgrimage is one of Bali’s festive parades worth witnessing. Tanah Lot’s piodalan falls on every Wednesday that follows each Kuningan on Bali’s 210-day Pawukon calendar. Dress and act respectfully as on any temple visit in Bali. Following are the corresponding dates for future ‘piodalan’ temple anniversaries at Tanah Lot:

  • 13 June 2018
  • 9 January 2019
  • 9 January 2019
  • 7 August 2019
  • 4 March 2020
  • 30 September 2020

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