Goa Garba – Balinese Ancient Site

Feeling the Magical Vibration at The Ancient Site of Goa Garba

Bali is the best place for relaxing your mind with conducting the meditation. If you are a spiritualist, you should come and feel the vibration of the magical temple of Goa Garba or Garba Cave. The aura of the cave is so pronounced. Because of that, many people come to this cave to meditate and gain knowledge.

The Location Of Goa Garba

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Goa Garba is located at Pejeng Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar. If you use car, it is about 1 hour or about 34 km from Denpasar. This historic site is now becoming a tourist destination visited by many foreign travelers. Along the way, you will see many art shops and some art galleries.

Goa Garba History

This Goa Garba ancient relic is located beneath the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple estimated to have been built around the twelfth century AD during the reign of King Jayapangus. In the niche can be found several sculptures such as a stone board carved with the motif of a pot. In the meantime, in the Pengukur-Ukuran temple can be found several carved stones and a stone door that reads Saka Year 1116 or be equal to 1194 AD. In the inscription is mentioned the name Dharmaanyar and this maybe the former name of the temple.

The Goa Garba Meaning

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Goa Garba is a pasraman (a place to learn Hinduism). It is believed to have once been a place to test one’s power if they wished to be a leader. Goa means “cave” and Garba means “in the belly of the earth”. It is located beneath the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple. The temple was formerly used as a school for the kings of Bali. There are two paths leading to Goa Garba. Visitors can choose whether to enter the site through the main path of the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple, or the one that leads directly to the entrance to this historic site.

Place of Supernatural Power

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It is situated on a steep cliff, right on the bank of the Pakerisan River. Based on information of local residents, Goa Garba is a hermitage niche carved on the wall of cliff edge of the Pakerisan River. On top of this hermitage lie a number of pools and showers where at pool side sits a hole leading to a cave.To achieve this cultural heritage, visitor must first visit a neat entrance gate with nicely arranged stairs made of river stone. Meanwhile, the entrance gate is made of sand stone. It is said that the cave was made by Kebo Iwa, a Balinese vice regent having supernatural power.

Conducting Meditation

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Upon entering the cave, visitors will find several large rocks. On one of these stones lies a footprint larger than that of an average adult. Locals believe it was the footprint of Kebo Iwa. There is a small area that where water, which comes from the nearby hot springs, can be seen dripping from the surface. When meditating here, people will sit facing east, toward the splashing water. The dripping water is symbolizes the God Vishnu. Beside of that, many people conduct the yoga or meditation on this place. The public facilities of this object are parking area and restroom.

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