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Pura Goa Gajah

Pura Goa Gajah terletak di sebelah barat desa Bedulu Kecamatan Blahbatuh Kabupaten Gianyar, kira-kira 27 Km dari Denpasar ke arah timur


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Goa Gajah or elephant cave is located in the southwest of Bedulu village, next to Yeh Pulu Relief , 6 km from Ubud . Known only to local villagers and the bats during centuries of negiect, the cave was revealed to public in 1923. The bathing place was discovered and restored only in 1954 during archeological investigations done by Mr. Krijgsman . It had become filled in and the temple built upon it, wich had to moved to its present site. The spring and pond there have given the temple its name..Pura Taman .

Carced into the stone above the cave entrance is a massive face with bugling eyes and high arched eyebrows. the eyes glance towards the west or the left as you face the cave. The large ear ornament do not necessarily indicate a female face, for male royalty also wore such ornaments. This figure represents boma (sometimes also called Kala or sankrita: Kittimukha ), and it is probably the earliest representation of the figure in Bali. according to Balinese texts (lontar ), Boma is the sons of God Wishnu and the goddes Basundari or ibu (mother) pertiwi . Boma maybe likened to the child of water and earth, for Wisnu is the god of waters and Parwati is goddess of the soil or mother earth.


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