If you are a spiritualist, try to feel the vibration of the magical temple of Goa Garba or Garba Cave. Aura of the cave is so pronounced. People who aim to meditate and gain knowledge often come to this cave. 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.
Goa Garba is located at Sawegunung hamlet, Pejeng village, Tampaksiring subdistrict, Gianyar. By car, it is about 50 minutes away or about 34 km from Denpasar. This historic site is now becoming a tourist destination visited by many foreign travelers.
Other than being known as a tourist destination with an abundance of temples, Bali also retains a good few of cave. One of them is Goa Garba posing one of the ancient relics having a great significance. Goa Garba is located beneath the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple. The temple was formerly used as a school for the kings of Bali.
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.
There is a stone containing the footprints whose size exceeds the size of an ordinary human foot and it is believed to belong to Kebo Iwa. At the time of making the staircase, the stone is said to move by itself in accordance with the will of Kebo Iwa. Uniquely, every time of stepping down the stone staircase, its number is always different. When counting them for again and again, the amount will not be the same.
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 may be the former name of the temple.
To support the tourism sector, this Goa Garba tourist attraction has been equipped with facilities like a spacious parking lot. Although most of the population around the Goa Garba has livelihood as farmers, they have intelligent mind, so that the ancient relics can be preserved well. (BTN/015)