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Exploring historical and spiritual tourism in Goa Gajah, Bali

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Bali, IO – If you go on holiday to the Gianyar area, Bali, it won’t be complete if you don’t visit a historical site that feels ‘magical’ if you see it in person, namely Goa Gajah.

Goa Gajah tourism board member, I Nyoman Sukadana, explained that the name Goa Gajah comes from the word ‘Lwah Gajah’ which means ‘water’ and ‘big’ in that order, per detikTravel, Fri (8/12).

If you visit Goa Gajah, it is recommended to enter the cave. You will see the mouth of the cave carved with a scary giant face with a row of teeth right above the entrance.

After entering the cave, visitors will find a transverse passage from east to west, T-shaped one meter wide and two meters tall. Here visitors will see many alcoves which are said to have been used for meditation.

Inside the cave there are fragments of giant statues and fragments of Shiva statues. In the center of the cave there is a niche containing the head of a Ganesha statue which was previously obtained from a bathing pool. This statue is called Ratu Kompyang.

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Then, at the end of the eastern aisle there is a niche containing trilingga (three phalluses). Below the three lingams there are eight lingams which symbolize the eight cardinal directions, explained I Nyoman Sukadana.

Meanwhile, in the western part of the cave there is a niche containing a Ganesha statue. This statue is called Ratu Manik Geni which means ‘magma at the center of the earth.’ (at)

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