Goa Gajah : Ancient Harmony

April 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Goa Gajah : Ancient Harmony

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.


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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