Rediscovered temple with elephant cave
A tour of the Goa Gajah Temple offers a pleasant stroll with typical Balinese turrets, a Buddhist ruin, a swimming pool and a mysterious cave dedicated to the goddess Ganesha.
Entrance to the Goa Gajah Temple
In front of the temple there is a parking lot where we can park, have a ride or come on our own scooter. Then we head to the temple, where there are various souvenir shops on the sides.
Trail to the temple
The trail continues towards the valley, which was flooded in the past by an earthquake and for many decades this place was not known at all.
Buddhist ruins of the stupa
After a few meters of descent, we walk to the main courtyard, where we see the first ruins of a Buddhist stupa that was once here.
Temple with pool
Next we will see a pool with statues, which is actually also a temple. People wash here with water, as is the custom in Indian Hinduism, for example.
Entrance to the Elephant cave
The elephant cave is dedicated to the goddess Ganesha, who is mainly the goddess of knowledge. The cave has an interesting carved entrance. Inside the cave is a space where there are holy statues.
There are several sacred temples for Balinese gods and spirits in the courtyard.
Ceremony utensils and gift to spirits
In some temples we will certainly notice various utensils for ceremonies, flowers and offerings to gods and spirits. We can smell sticks everywhere in the air.
The valley of the Goa Gajah temple
The whole temple complex is spread out in the valley and there are many holy houses in the overgrown vegetation. If we want, we can hire a guide who will explain everything to us in English. But pay attention to the price, it is necessary to negotiate significantly, because the prices are exaggerated.
Jungle and another part
As we walk further from the courtyard into the jungle, we walk to a lush waterfall and see monumental trees.
On the trail we will definitely meet a stall with fruit or a drink. They also recommend trying coconut, which is refreshing and will strengthen you in a stuffy stimulus.
Next we come to smaller temples right in the jungle. It is definitely worth seeing everything, because you never know what you will come across.
Prayers, sticks and offerings
In one such smaller temple, there was a „holy“ lady who burned sticks and immediately introduced the tourists. Of course, it is necessary to count on some contribution, after all, it is their livelihood.
Wooden products stores
In the next part of the trail we come to souvenir shops, as in this photo. Wooden statuettes are common in Bali, but it is necessary to choose well, because not all of them are well done. It's good to say in advance how much your budget is and gradually get to that budget by negotiating.
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