Widely known for its rich cultures and traditions, people who inhabit Bali have their own fashion to express their belief to God. Many religious traditions have been carried out in many sacred temples spread in all over parts of Bali.
One of the most well-known sites where Balinese is used to conduct their religious traditions is in Goa Lawah Temple. Apart from it, this site is quite popular among the locals and foreigners who travel for good purposes.
No wonder that Goa Lawah Temple becomes one of the must-see destinations that teach you many things either from religious context or from pleasure.
Where is it located?
Located in the eastern part of Bali or around 50 km from the capital city of Bali, Goa Lawah Temple can be reached approximately one and a half hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. In precise, this tourist destination is situated in the Pesinggahan Village, Dawan district, Klungkung regency, Bali.
As you plan to travel to this site, it is said that Goa Lawah Temple is not too far from famous tourist attraction named Candidasa which hides the history. Thus, it is not difficult to find the site, since this shrine for Balinese Hindu is also located near the main road of Klungkung to Amlapura.
What story hidden behind the temple?
The chronicles of Goa Lawah Temple may vary from one version to another, but they remain right. In this regard, as narrated by the first version, it is said that there was a man named Mpu Kuturan who resided in Silayukti, Padang Bai. During his life span, he built many temples and one of them is Goa Lawah.
Unlike the mentioned story above, another version stated that the name of Goa Lawah Temple is derived from two words goa and lawah. The name of this site is a gift from Danghyang Nirartha, a priest who stopped by in Bali and spread the religious teachings in all over part of Bali.
As he arrived in a cave with thousand of bats from the Tirtha Yatra trips, he discovered the beauty of sound produces by the bats so he then named it as Goa Lawah. Besides, Danghyang Nirartha also found the flower that grew from the top of the cave with the good smell so that it made Danghyang Nirartha felt comfortable to settle down for some nights.
From Goa Lawah Temple, it can be seen that there is also beautiful beach with black sands and sparkling blue ocean with Nusa Penida Island as the backdrop. This is what makes beautiful of Goa Lawah where locals also do their salt making daily activities.
Since Goa Lawah Temple becomes the site of religious ritual, it is noted that according to Papyrus of Kusuma Dewa, this is the palace from the holy soul, named Basuki God. Another opinion states that the temples are inspired from the Ista Dewata located right in front of Siwa cave which implies the power of universe potency.
Besides, the site is also good for meditation, since as stated by Lontar Babad Dalem, it contains of nature potency of solidarity that makes up the sea, mount and petrify. Therefore, it is not big surprise if Balinese conduct rituals there.