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    GOA GAJAH TEMPLE BALI

    by Susansumi Updated Jun 14, 2016

    Welcome to Bali Goa Gajah Temple or Elephant Cave Temple which is located in west side of countryside, Blah Batuh Sub district and Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km from Denpasar town. This cave is built at crevasse edge from the federation of 2 rills that is called Pangkung River , where the irrigation is mixed with Petanu River flow. The federation area of two rivers is called Campuhan/Mixture. It owns the magical energy on the basis of Rwabineda Concept/two different matters on this basic concept hence Goa Gajah Temple or Elephant Cave Temple is intentionally built among two rivers.
    The word of Goa Gajah is anticipated coming from the word of Lwa Gajah, the name of Buddhist Temple or hermitage for Buddhist monk. The Goa Gajah's name is written on Negara Kertagama papyrus which is compiled by Mpu Prapanca on 1365 M. Lwa or Lwah/Loh mean the river and it reflect to the meaning that the hermitage is located at Gajah River or in Air Gajah. In the year inscription 944 Saka, it is mentioned with the name of ‘ser ring Air Gajah' that is meaning the Subak leader in Air Gajah. The word has mentioned that the hermitage of Lwa Gajah is located in Subak Air Gajah. Among the local residents, the Goa Gajah Temple is better known as Cave Temple, located in the west of Bedahulu Village, Blahbatuh Subdistrict, Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km east of Denpasar. A visit to this temple can be done easily because it is only a few feet below the highway toward the village of Tampaksiring Indeed this temple was built at the valley of Petanu River having beautiful natural panorama.
    Goa Gajah Temple Geographically
    In the northern part of the temple, lies a carved Cave of Nature in the shape of the letter ”T”. Inside this cave there is a Ganesha statue considered as the god of sciences. Additionally, at the location can also be encountered some fragments of statues and a Trilangga surrounded by eight small phallus.
    In the cave wall, there are niches of the hermitage and the face of Cave is decorated with carvings depicting a jungle with its contents. Similarly, there is a short inscription which reads ”Kumon” and ”Sahywangsa”, which according to the type of letters it is alleged to originate in the eleventh century AD .
    Meanwhile in the west of the cave, there is a building retaining a squating statue inside, and the Ganesha as well as Men Brayut statue. The latter in Buddhist mythology is known as Hariti, the savior of children.
    In front of the cave, except for the guard statues, there are also fragments of building whose origin was unknown such as the building fragments that now being gathered in the temple’s courtyard located in the west of bathing pond. Fountain statues that have worked again in the holy bathing pond are divided into three parts and in terms of its style, they are probably derived from the eleventh century AD. Unfortunately, the statue fountain located in the middle of the pond, has not been found until now.
    Goa Gajah Temple occur two Buddha statues, one of them is without head while another is still good enough with the style of Central Java. The north side of this statue seemingly stay to stick on the cliffs, where the foot of the cliff temple has long fallen into the creek. On the side of this small can be found three-pronged relief of stupa and the ruins of the cliff temple having beautiful carvings.
    Based on archeological findings as mentioned above, it can be known the Goa Gajah Temple is derived from the ninth to eleventh centuries AD. In the past, it served as a monastery of Buddhist monk and Shivite priest. This conservatism also shows the unification of Buddhism and Shiva went well. For tourists who would like to visit to Goa Gajah Temple are required to wear a scarf or sarong because other than functioning as archaeological attractions, this temple also poses a sacred place or sanctum. Sarongs and scarves are available at the location.

    Address: TAMPAK SIRING, GIANYAR, BALI

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    TIRTHA EMPUL TEMPLE.BALI

    by Susansumi Updated Jun 14, 2016

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    BALI TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE IS BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE AT TAMPAKSIRING VILLAGE, THE TEMPLE HAVE A SPRING WATER IS USED AS THE HOLY WATER FOR VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE. thats i have never seen before wherever place ... so amazing . so culture and traditional and historical.

    History of Pura Tirta Empul

    Legend has it that the sacred spring was created by the god Indra. His forces had been poisoned by Mayadanawa, so he pierced the earth to create a fountain of immortality to revive them.

    An inscription dates the founding of a temple at the site to 926 AD. Ever since - for more than a thousand years - the Balinese have come to bathe in the sacred waters for healing and spiritual merit.

    What to See at Pura Tirta Empul

    The Tirta Empul Temple includes the traditional Balinese split gate along with shrines to Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Mt. Batur, and Indra. There is also a large open pavilion in the main courtyard, useful for relaxing in the shade.

    But the main attraction here is a long rectangular pool carved of stone, filled with koi and fed by the sacred spring via 12 fountains. Worshippers first make an offering at the temple, then climb into the main pool to bathe and pray. Many collect the holy water in bottles to take home. Nearby there are two smaller pools fed by the spring.

    Overlooking the temple on a hill above is a suprisingly modern building: the Government Palace, built in 1954. Originally a residence for Dutch officials, it was later used by former President Soekarno during his frequent trips to Bali.

    Pura Tirta Empul is located in the village of Tampak Siring, accessible by public transportation from Ubud. The souvenir stands outside the temple specialize in the local craft, carved bone jewelry.

    Address: TAMPAK SIRING , BALI

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    ULUN DANAU BERATAN N BEDUGUL

    by Susansumi Updated Jun 14, 2016

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    I have been in bali may 2016 . thats is my amazing holiday , even i m from Indonesia , Ihave never been go to bali , i always dream that because say all videos and view photos . and , omg , when i was there , that more amazing than i think and i feel . Bali is complete and full adventure and nice place for vacation and holiday . grateful,relax and enjoy with all created place of GOD . BALI , is number 1.
    Ulun Danu Temple is a Balinese Hindu Temple located at Candi Kuning countryside, Baturiti sub district and Tabanan regency. The distance from Denpasar town is about 50 km north side the way from Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set at lakeside of Beratan with beautiful lake view and hills surround it. It is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it and hills as a backdrop. We can find at north side of this temple is Pucak Sangkur mount, in the east side there is Beratan Mount which also referred as Pucak Mangu or Pucak Pangelengan, in the south side there is Terate Bang Mount and in the West side there is Tapak Mount and Watukaru Mount.

    Ulun Danu Temple Bedugul Story and Philosophy

    ulun danu, bali, bedugul, beratan, temples, ulun danu temple, bedugul bali, places, places of interest, lakes, temple on lake, bali temple on lakeThe name of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is taken from the lake where the temple is built at Beratan Lake. The name of Beratan Lake is inseparable with the Beratan Mount as Deity and Goddess as fertility source, prosperity to keep the prosperity in life and society life. In papyrus chronicle of the Mengwi, this temple is referred as the name of Parhyangan ri pinggiring danu Beratan (sanctum located in lakeside of Beratan Lake ). Ulun is come from Hulu word meaning head or power and in this case is intended by Ulun Danu Beratan means power of Beratan Lake that is Danu Goddess.
    Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is consisted of 4 temples complex that are:

    Lingga Petak Temple owns the function to worship the Siwa God
    Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple is referred this gate as Parhyangan ri pinggiring rawa Beratan or Danu Beratan Temple is founded by I Gusti Agung Putu to worship the Hyang ing Parwata or Deity which is placed in Pucak Mangu that is Bhatara Hyang Danawa as according to papyrus of Padma Bhuwana and Usana Bali, because Mangu Mount is located in north direction, hence it is called the Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Wisnu God
    Terate Bang Temple is functioning to worship of Brahma God
    Dalem Purwa Temple is functioning to worship of Danu Goddess which is considered to be miraculous of the Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Laksmi Goddess.
    In Papyrus Chronicle of the Mengwi is elaborated by the history of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple founding together with existence of the Mengwi Empire. Therefore its status is pertained with the secondhand of Temple Empire what is usually pertained as Dang Kahyangan. It is the same to the description in papyrus of Usana Bali and Padma Bhuwana, hence Puncak Mangu Temple where the Panyawangan (representative place to worship) is the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. So it is called by entire Balinese residents as Kahyangan Jagat (The Biggest Group of Hindu Temple in Bali )

    Address: Candi Kuning, Baturiti, TABANAN, BALI

    Directions: Buyan Lake, Tamblingan Lake, Botanical Garden, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Batukaru Temple

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    MOUNT KAWI TEMPLE BALI

    by Susansumi Updated Jun 14, 2016

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    At the bottom of a lush green river valley lies one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. Gunung Kawi consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. They stand in awe-inspiring 8m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. Be prepared for long climbs – there are more than 270 steps. The views as you walk through ancient terraced rice fields are as fine as any in Bali.

    Each candi is believed to be a memorial to a member of the 11th-century Balinese royalty, but little is known for certain.

    Legends relate that the whole group of memorials was carved out of the rock face in one hard-working night by the mighty fingernails of Kebo Iwa.

    The five monuments on the eastern bank are probably dedicated to King Udayana, Queen Mahendradatta and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu and Marakata. While Airlangga ruled eastern Java, Anak Wungsu ruled Bali. The four monuments on the western side are, by this theory, to Anak Wungsu's chief concubines. Another theory is that the whole complex is dedicated to Anak Wungsu, his wives, concubines and, in the case of the remote 10th candi, to a royal minister.

    As you wander between monuments, temples, offerings, streams and fountains, you can't help but feel a certain ancient majesty here.

    On the northern outskirts of town, a sign points east off the main road to Gunung Kawi and its ancient monuments. From the end of the access road, a steep, stone stairway leads down to the river, at one point cutting through an embankment of solid rock.

    Address: Tampaksiring , Indonesia

    Directions: PRICE ;adult/child incl sarong 15,000/7500Rp, parking 2000Rp

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    TIRTHA EMPUL TEMPLE

    by Susansumi Written Jun 13, 2016

    BALI TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE IS BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE AT TAMPAKSIRING VILLAGE, THE TEMPLE HAVE A SPRING WATER IS USED AS THE HOLY WATER FOR VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE. thats i have never seen before wherever place ... so amazing . so culture and traditional and historical.

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    ULUN DANAU BERATAN N BEDUGUL

    by Susansumi Written Jun 13, 2016

    very nice place and so cool weather . and very historical place .. i m spechless.. wanna there again .even i m from indonesia , but i stay in sumatera island , so very nice holiday for me to look all different culture and story in bali . i think BALI is complete and full place for holiday , have all nice place ...

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    The Island of the Gods

    by Hayasaki Written May 27, 2016

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    Bali is totally the Island of Gods. I stayed in a hotel that has a nearby temple . During the sunrise, there are prayers being heard all around the area. Its even more magical to hear it while witnessing the sunrise and a warm mug of coffee. No wonder the Gods love the people of Bali so much. The people are so religious that it radiates to the kind of people they are. Kind, friendly and humble. I will always go back to Bali 3

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    Temple of Toman Ayan Badung

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 13, 2015

    This Hindu temple is the first found in West Java as recently as 1966, and is the only temple Hindu temple in this area. It is a small temple built during the time of the first of the Sunda Kingdoms namely the kingdom of Galuh in the 8th century AD. It was built for the Royal Mataram army of Arief Muhammad, who died fighting against the Dutch in the 17th century while they were spreading the Islamic religion in the region.

    Directions: A 2 hrs. bus from Bandung to Leles Square to a motorcycle taxi (ojek) to take you to the lake (3km).
    Take a bamboo raft to get to the island in the lake to see the temple.

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    Ulun Danau Beratan

    by DaHongHua Written Feb 25, 2014

    Ulun Danau Beratan has twin temples on the Danau Beratan Lake. This site is a huge park with temples on the land and temples on the water. The Bedugul Botanical Garden with souvenir sales centre is nearby too.
    As this tourist spot is on a lake, visitors can play water sports such as the parasailing, swan boat cycling, motoskying and speed boat riding.
    Some tourists picnic on the park.
    I saw some tourists do meditation in the temple.

    Address: Jln. Raya Bedugul - Singaraja, Tabanan, Bali 80345

    water sports the temples on land tourists doing meditation
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    Taman Ayun Temple Visiting

    by luhdevieariestiani Written Nov 10, 2012

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    Every time we want to visit the temple or any temples in Bali, always remember to wear saroong and scarves on your waist. For those women who are menstruating, will not be allowed to enter the temple to guard the sanctity of the temple area.

    Address: Mengwi village, Badung regency, Bali

    Directions: 18 km from Kuta to the north

    Phone: 62 361 8811877

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    atv ride on the beach

    by desentana Written Sep 8, 2012

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    Hi, me recommend just go straight to kuta poppies lane 1, theres many budget hostels,,, yes because thats near from Tanah Lot (Rocky Temple On The Sea) and Uluwatu ( Holy cliff Temple).. both of those temple are the most beautiful temple in Bali.. or you ca try ride atv on the beach..

    Address: tegal mengkeb

    Directions: Tabanan

    Phone: +628123837333

    Website: http://www,mba-sensational.com

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    Tirta Empul Holy Springs - Tampaksiring

    by Daihappydai Updated May 3, 2011

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    The Holy Springs of Tirta Empul were founded in the ninth century. The springs are believed to have magical powers. As such they are an important centre for ceremonies and prayer. There are bathing pools with ornate water spouts, ponds filled with huge 'ikan mas', gold fish, and several pools with such amazingly crystal clear water that the reflection of trees in them can be mistaken for the real thing. Visitors must address appropriately within the temple grounds - if need be a sarong can be hired on entry. There are also views of Soekarno's palace perched on a hill overlooking the springs. Tirta Empul is an easy morning or afternoon trip from Ubud. Well worth a visit, especially with a guide who has the historical knowledge of the complex.

    Address: Tirta Empul Holy Springs - Tampaksiring

    Directions: Tampaksiring is approximately 15km north of Ubud.

    Holy Springs of Tirta Empul Temple at Tirta Empul Goldfish in the pools at Tirta Empul Trees reflected in the waters of Tirta Empul Temple at Tirta Empul
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    Penglipuran Village - Traditional village

    by Daihappydai Updated May 1, 2011

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    Penglipuran Village is a Balinese village that follows unique social and cultural traditions. The almost identical houses are built in neat rows and apart from the family bedroom, they are identical inside. The village has largely resisted modernisation and as a result has become a tourist attraction. For a small entrance fee, tourists can walk through the village. Locals will show you into their homes, and hope you buy some of their produce. There is a large ornate temple in the village along with towers containing drums for sending messages. A visit to Penglipuran village is often incorporated into day trips from Ubud or the south Bali region. Well worth a visit to see something quite different.

    Address: Penglipuran Village, Bangli Regency, East Bali

    Penglipuran village street scene Temple at Penlipuran village Statue at Penlipuran village Tower for sending messages, Penglipuran village Statue at Penlipuran village
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    Hindu-Buddhist temples on the shore of Lake Bratan

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 30, 2011

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    In the beautiful mountain country area of Central Bali is the impressive Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located on small islands in Danau Bratan, just one kilometre from Candikuning. The temple complex is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters. Many ceremonies are held here and attended by people from all over Bali who pray to ensure there is a good water supply for farmers all over the island. Along with classical Hindu thatched roof 'meru', there is an impressive Buddhist 'stupa'. When I visited, I travelled across the lake with friends and entered from the back - a great way to view the Hindu 'meru', and also allows you to dodge the hawkers at the entrance (althought they were in no way as pushy as hawkers at other places of interest.) There was a small ceremony being held when we arrived and some beautiful Balinese music being played in one of the pavilions. Definitely worth the visit!

    Address: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, 1 km north of Candkuning

    View of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan from the lake Arriving at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan by boat Hindu mera on the shore of Danua Bratan Ready for a ceremony at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Buddhist stupa at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
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    Great walks in the valleys around Sideman

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 25, 2011

    The area around Sideman in east-central Bali has some spectacular walks around and through rice fields. There are vews of Gunung Agung along with temples perched high up in the hills. There is a range of accomodation options in Sideman - they can give you directions or you can hire a local guide.

    Address: Sideman village, east-central Bali

    Views while walking the ricefields in Sideman Views while walking the ricefields in Sideman Views while walking the ricefields in Sideman Ducks preening themselves in the ricefields Temple high up in the hills, Sideman
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