HomeBlogs Gajah Cave Goa Gajah, literally means 'Elephant Cave”. Although named by 'elephant'
it doesn't mean there is any real elephant live or ever live here. The
name Goa Gajah derived from 'Lawa Gajah', which is mentioned in the
manuscripts that found in this site. This temple complex was built for
the first time around 11 century based on epigraph found in this site.
seven-meters deep cave with a shape of T-letter is the major attraction
of this Bedulu village's local temple. The cave it self is carved in a
solid stone hill of the river valley. The main figure of the carving at
the cave entrance is 'boma', a barong face, accompanied with big
clapping fingers on its side. Leaf, flower, and some horror figures can
be noticed if we give more attention look to the rest of the carving.
Some holes that are considered to be used as meditation or sleeping
quarters can be found in the wall of the cave. Nowadays, those holes are
used to place offerings whenever there is ceremonies taking place. On
the left end side of the cave is Ganesha statue, believe it as 'the God
of knowledge'. Meanwhile on the right end side can be found three
'linggas', that each of them dedicated to the three common God
manifestations in Bali, Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa. There are other three
stone carvings in the centre wall, one of them figuring head and face.
other statues of Ganesha, demons and Men Brayut, a legendary lady with
her beloved children, are placed on a high building located on the left
side of cave entrance. It is considered that these statues are 1000
years old. In the middle of the complex, in front of the cave, there is
bathing place that is not any longer used by the local people. The angle
figures within the bathing complex are about similar to common figures
found in India. On the south part of the complex, there are along flight
of step leads down the lower part of the valley. After crossing a
bridge above a small creek and follow another flight of steps up to
eastern side of the valley, a headless sitting Buddha statue can be
seen. This is the evident of a close relationship between the two