Goa Gajah (elephant Cave0

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Goa Gajah (elephant Cave0 Ubud Reviews

FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
229 reviews
The famous Goa Gajah Apr 27, 2015
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave is located near Ubud. Tickets cost Rp15000.

Built in the 9th century from the federation of 2 rills as a sanctuary for Buddhist Monks. Therefore you will see the northern section of this whole complex appeared to have a Buddhist element to it whilst the rest of the entire complex suggest this is to be a Hindu site. The obvious example would be the pool which was excavated in 1954, features five out of supposedly seven statues depicting Hindu angels holding vases that act as waterspouts (though quite slimey). The whole complex is quite big but you do not need more than 1 hour to explore the whole place.

The cave mouth is decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side. It was understood that this was the face of an elephant (although I actually do not see the resemblance, maybe mystical elephant?). The cave mouth is a famous photo spot. What I find to be deceiving is that from website pictures, you would think this to be 1 large cave but actually it is not. I was a bit disappointed. Inside the shallow cave is pretty dark due to excessive burning of incense and it is home to 3 stone idols wrapped in yellow, red & black cloths.
The entrance to the Goa Gajah cave
The Hindu aspect at Goa Gajah
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andrejav andrejav
751 reviews
Elephant Cave Jul 20, 2013
Goa Gajah is one of the main attractions around Ubud and very accessible by car, bus or motorcycle. Large parking right next to the road is a entrance to mini market with lots of stalls selling all kinds of wood carvings, sarongs and Bali souvenirs. Elephant Cave is down the hill by the nice path that opens to the couple shallow pools, few temple buildings and carved stone with the entrance to the cave. You can enter inside to the larger space that has some statues on the pedestal. Pools have lots of small fish and few larger fish that have to swim on the side in order to move around… Nice cascades are located down the hill from the cave in the beautiful forest setting. Couple smaller temples are following the stream and you can get there following the mud path. No too many people go that way.
Being an attraction for local tour…
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gingerbatik gingerba…
537 reviews
Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) Aug 01, 2013
Located 10 minutes outside of Ubud city.

The Elephant Cave was carved with many designed on the relief like grove with the stick, close leaf, animal for example forest pig, tortoise and specters.

The menacing entrance to Elephant Cave looks like a demonic mouth, which decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side.

It is suggesting that people are entering an underworld as they venture inside through the darkness with artificial light inside the cave.

Some claim that the entrance represents the Hindu earth god Bhoma while others say the mouth belongs to the child-eating witch Rangda from Balinese mythology.

Once enter the cave, there are 2 passages contains a small niche with a statue of Ganesh, the Hindu deity reminiscent of an elephant on the left and a small worship area with several stone lingam and yoni in honor of Shiva on the right.

Elephant Cave is thought to date back to the 11th century. The first mention was in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365.

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.

There is a pool (Patirthaan), as a place to take the holy Tirtha water for Hindu ceremony which is located in the middle of the cave courtyard. This Holy Pool is previously piled up by land and it has been found on 1954 by Krijgsman from the Ancient Department. The Holy pool is equipped by the statue douche which is parallel arranged in two groups.

On the walkway on the left side from the cave mouth, there were stairways go down to the forest and ponds which has several architectural and ruins of the temple. Luckily no souvernier shops and restaurants in this temple complex.
the holly pool
the temple ruins
the new rebuild temple
the ruins
ary_tyas ary_tyas
35 reviews
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave is located in the southwest of Bedugul Village, next to Yeh Pulu Relief, 6 km around from Ubud. Known only to local villagers and the bats during centuries of neglect,the cave was revealed to the public in 1923. The bathing place was discovered and restored only in 1954 during archaeological investigations done by Mr. Krijgsman. It become filled in and temple build upon it, which have to be moved to its present site. The spring and pond there have given the temple its name "pura taman"

Carved into the stone above the cave entrance is a massive face with bugling eyes and high arched eye brown. The eyes glance towards the west or the left as you face the cave. The large eras ornaments do not necessarily indicate a female face, for male royalty also wear such ornaments. This figure represents Boma (some tiems also called Kala or Sanskrit:kittimukha) and it is probably the earliest representation of this figure in Bali.

According to Bali texts (lontar) Boma, is the sun of the God Wisnu and the Goddess Basundari or Ibu (mother) pertiwi. Boma may likened to child of water and earth, for wisnu is the God of waters and Parwati is the Goddess of soil or mother earth.
Goa gajah sign
holding my angel
pure land water
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melville says:
thanks for a useful and interesting review Sari (congrats too) :)
Posted on: Oct 07, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
Congrats on the feature review today!
Posted on: Oct 07, 2008
Stevie_Wes says:
Nice, informative review mate. And congrats on getting it featured! :)
Posted on: Oct 07, 2008

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