Goa Lawah temple is one of the hindus holy place, which located in Pesinggahan village, Dawan sub-district, Klungkung regency, Bali. And Gua Lawah sacred area has a distance about 59 kilometers from Denpasar city (capital city of bali island).
In accordance to the name of Goa Lawah derived from uric word: "Goa or Gua" means Cave and "Lawah" is Bat, so Gua Lawah means a sacred Hindu temple in Bali which decorated by thousands of fruit bats hanging in the cave wall on the inner side of temple area.
A brief history from the existence of Gua Lawah temple is closely related to a hindu holy priest named "Mpu Kuturan" in 10th century, and on that time Bali island is still being ruled by King "Anak WUngsu" (younger brother of the King "Airlangga") who reigned East Java in the year 1018 AD until the year 1042 AD.
Pura Gua Lawah stand upright in between beach and hills area, with decorated by a quite large cave and inhabited by thousand of fruit bats, while according to the inscription of "Padma Buana" explained, that function of this sacred place is as a "Sad Kahyangan" (holy place to all balinese hindus people), and in spirituality this is a place of "Maheswara" and "Basuki".
Another function from the existence of Goa Lawah temple is as a place to perform the ceremony of "Nyegara Gunung", which means a ceremony for "Pitra Yadnya" (a rituals to purify the spirits that have been cremated). And regarding the temple ceremony at Goa Lawah routinely held every 6 months (210 days in balinese calender).
Mpu Kuturan very clever in conceptualizing the structure of sacred building in bali island, and it is proved by his arrival has spawned a lot of temple that we have inherited now as "Sad Kahyangan".
Gua Lawah temple has function and purpose to respect and harmonize the universe both microcosm and macrocosm, with all its contents. In addition, Mpu Kuturan also made a very basic ground rules principal for the Balinese people in daily life.
Other holy priest who also came to Bali island, ie: "Danghyang Dwijendra" (Danghyang Nirartha), when he was in Bali often dubbed as "Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rawuh" recorded has built "Tanah Lot temple" (sacred temple located on the sea which built on the huge boulder facing Indian ocean with beautiful view of silhouette sunset).
When he came to Bali, at that time Bali island was ruled by the King "Sri Dalem Waturenggong" in the year 1460 AD until 1550 AD. With the presence of holy man Danghyang Nirartha in Bali also has brought in an glory era and prosperity also an enormous influence on religion and culture in this tiny island.
It is clear here about the existence of Goa Lawah temple used generally by the Balinese Hindu community to harmonize the universe and its contents. As to the existence of other temples on the island of Bali, Gua Lawah temple is also frequented by a large number of tourists both domestic or foreigners when enjoy bali holiday tour packages.
And for those of you who intend to visit Gua Lawah temple, will be charged entrance fee ticket at IDR. 20.000 with rates quoted per person and must be paid at the front gate before entering Goa Lawah temple area.
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