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Gala Cave was located in the Nusa Lembongan Island, Lembongan
Village, Nusa Penida Sub District, Klungkung District, Bali, Indonesia.
Currently the Gala Cave becomes one of the tour destinations that were
interesting in the Nusa Lembongan Island. Moreover, several tourists
also carried out meditation in this cave. The Gala cave personally
still was continuing to be conserved like initially without being
carried out by renovation.
During 1961 till 1976 an ascetic who was named Made Byasa made the cave
in the limestone hole. The Made Byasa work was a person mastermind
person, the farmer, the farmer but also the ascetic. Made Byasa made
this cave for approximately 15 years only with using very simple
equipment at that time that is “linggis”. He dug up this cave as the
house live in underground in the limestone hole.
As the house generally, in the house remains at Made Byasa this was
gotten the sitting room, two bedrooms, the bathroom, the well and two
kitchens. Because was in the limestone, then all the room had the wall
of the limestone. The area from this underground house around 500
square meters. To enter this cave was gotten seven entrances. This cave
also had three ventilation holes for the circulation of air in this
The entrance to the Gala Cave was narrow enough and must descend
underground with the step be as deep as approximately 2 meters. In the
Gala Anda Cave could follow this underground house in the quite dark
path. However in several corners of this cave was installed
illumination light so as you could see to various rooms that were
gotten in the Gala Cave. The height in this underground house was not
so high, that is between 1 and 2 meters, so as you would more often.
The development of this cave took up time 15 years from 1961 to
1976. Made Byasa that his work as the constructive mastermind the Gala
Cave because inspirited epos or related “pewayangan” Hindu that is
Mahabarata especially in the episode of “Wana Parwa”. Made Byasa
inspirited with the Pandawa life that was in refugees from Kurawa
troops so as to make the special refuge that was made from resin or
asphalt. Kurawa personally meant destroyed Pandawa.
In this story, was told how that Pandawa was exiled to the forest
for 12 years because not more betting with Kurawa. For 12 years,
Pandawa must face the living challenge in the forest. Because of
feeling not safe and thinking that from time to time Kurawa could kill
his family, and then they built a cave. This cave was named “Putty”.
In this refuge Pandawa continued to be safe from troop’s Kurawa
chase. Five children the Guide who was acknowledged as Pandawa were
safe in this house that is Puntadewa, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa.
According to epos Mahabarata, they succeeded in escaping through.
In this cave also was gotten by relief that depicted the process of
the Gala Cave resolution. Gotten several symbols like humankind, the
elephant, the main gate, and the turtle that in the Hindu calendar had
the meaning that is 1898 in the Heritage year or in the public’s
calendar fell during 1976 that is the year when the Gala Cave was
finished was developed.
To reach the island measuring 4,6 square km. this indeed only could
be covered through sea. From the Benoa Port headed the tour region that
currently becomes the Balinese mainstay, there was two ships went for a
trip that was ready delivered, Bounty Cruises and Balinese Hai Cruises