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Ganesha Cave


Not far from Ubud Ganesha Cave (Goa Gajah) is situated. The unique archeological site is located between beds of rivers Petanu and Pakrisan. In XI century the cave was the sanctuary of Hindu hermits. Holiness of this place survives to this day. Nowadays it is the temple complex that joins together Buddhists and Hindus. Here they pray, meditate and make gifts for their gods.


Inside Ganesha Cave there are 15 grots of different shape and size. You can find Shiva phallic symbols, and in one of the western grots there is the figure of Ganesha, revered on Bali god with an elephant head, in honor of which the cave is named. Besides, on Bali there have been no elephants till XIX century, when they were delivered from Sumatra and settled in gardens in tourists’ joy.


At the entrance to Ganesha Cave  there is large rock bath with water pouring into it. Around the bath six rock figures are standing motionless. Historians suppose that just at that spot prayers were washing up to go through a symbolic purification before meditation. Men and women make ablutions in separate sections.


Entrance to the cave itself is framed with wide open mouth of wondrous creature. Admittedly the top part of chops belongs to Bhoma god. According to another version it is part of the head of evil goddess Rangda. It is rather possible that it is the hybrid of both gods. Also here you can see “rock-garden Miru”, and plenty of interesting historical objects will be shown to you at Ganesha Temple.

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