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Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:31 pm Post subject: Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)
Goa Gajah or the elephant cave is one of Bali’s mysterious places that its origin dates back to the 11th century. This sacred cave is located in the western edge of Bedulu village, just 6-km out of central Ubud. Towering trees and lush green foliage provides aa excellent background for this sacred cave.
Inside the T-shaped cave, you can see fragmentary remains of Linggam, the phallic symbol of Shiva, and its female counterpart, the Yoni, plus a staue of Shiva’s son, the elephant-headed god Ganesha. In the courtyard in front of the cave are two square bathing pools with water gushing from the waterspouts held by six female figures. To the left of the cave entrance, in a small pavilion, is a statue of Hariti, surrounded by children, this goddess is well known as protector of the children. A visit to this ancient cave will give you an interesting fact on amalgamation of Hidu and Budha in Bali.
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