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Goa GajahGoa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary. At the facade of the cave is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. An extensive bathing place on the site was not excavated until the 1950s. These appear to have been built to ward off evil spirits.
Pura Luhur BatukaruPura Luhur Batukaru is one of the kayangan jagat (directional temples), that protect Bali from evil spirits. Pura Luhur Batukaru protects Bali from the west. There are 9 kayangan jagat altogether and they are always temples that occupy auspicious locations, such as the sides of tall volcanoes or overlooking the ocean. Pura Luhur Batukaru was originally built in the 11th century and was dedicated to the ancestors of the rajas of Tabanan. The temple was destroyed in 1604, but rebuilt in 1959. The most important shrine at Pura Luhur Batukaru is the 7-tiered meru that is in honor of the god of Gunung Batukaru, Mahadewa.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot, tanah means earth and lot means ocean, consists of a
couple of shrines built on an outcropping of rock on the ocean.
The temple symbolizes the balance between male and female; inner
and outer world. One of Bali's cosmic temples"Sad Kahyangan"
which was built the great saint of Bali Danghyang Nirartha, in 16th
century. Its popular because its sunset view, just like postcard.
Pura Luhur UluwatuOfficially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu (yes, that's the real name: "Luhur" means "something of divine origin" while "Uluwatu" can be broken into "ulu" which means "land's end" and "watu" means "rock" in the old language). Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of the six most important temples in Bali. Its location on the south westernmost precinct of this magical island guards the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean.
Pura Tirta Empul
The Tirta Empul Temple includes the traditional Balinese split gate
along with shrines to Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Mt. Batur, and Indra.
There is also a large open pavilion in the main courtyard, useful for
relaxing in the shade.
Legend has it that the sacred spring was created by the god Indra. His forces had been poisoned by Mayadanawa, so he pierced the earth to create a fountain of immortality to revive them.
An inscription dates the founding of a temple at the site to 926 AD. Ever since - for more than a thousand years - the Balinese have come to bathe in the sacred waters for healing and spiritual merit.