Goa Gajah : Ancient Harmony

April 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Goa Gajah : Ancient Harmony
Bali
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Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site, Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village,
six kilo meters out of central Ubud, Bali. It is a relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains. Goa Gajah is thought to date back to the 11th century, although relics pre-dating this time were found within proximity of the site. The first mention of Goa Gajah and the Elephant Cave was in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written.

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Despite the ancient significance of the Elephant Cave, the last excavation took place during the 1950s; many sites still remain unexplored. Literal piles of relics with unknown origins have been laid out in a surrounding garden. The leading theory suggests that Goa Gajah was used as a hermitage or sanctuary by Hindu priests who dug the cave entirely by hand.

Although accredited as a sacred Hindu site, a number of relics and the close proximity of a Buddhist temple suggest that the site held special significance to early Buddhists in Bali.


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