Bali's 9 Key Directional Temples That Face A Variety Of Mountains, Lakes or Oceans
Bat Cave Temple Bali (Pura Goa Lawah Bali)
The Bat Cave Temple (Pura Goa Lawah), is a very unique cave temple, its location is in the southeast of Bali, directly on the coastline, 8 kilometers east of Semarapura, in the Klungkung regency, about a 2 hour drive from Kuta.
According to legends, the temple was built by Mpu Kuturan, a popular Javanese priest who spread Hinduism on Bali, when he came to the "Island of the Gods" in the 11th century. The Balinese Lontar, Bali´s Palm Leaf Bible, was telling the story of Dang Hyang Nirartha, a travelling priest who arrived in Bali in the 15th century to build a large amount of temples including Pura Goa Lawah, (Uluwatu Temple is also attributed to Dang Hyang Nirartha).
By the way, legend also says that the cave is inhabited by a giant snake that eats the bats that are populating it! However don´t worry, you are not allowed to enter it anyway!
The main shrine at Goah Lawah has something really magical about it, but compared to the other major temples such as Uluwatu Temple or Tanah Lot, Pura Goa Lawah is only worth a side trip. Kusamba Beach, located across the road, is completely different to the ones in the south of Bali as it is a black sand beach (remember: Bali is a volcanic island). Hundreds of swarming bats will make a memorable moment you and your nose.
Bali's 9 key directional temples are:
- Purah Besakih (Mother Temple), located on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
- Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang Temple), located on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang, near Amlapura in East Balii
- Pura Luhur Batukaru (Batukaru Temple), located on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple), located on the western end of the Bukit Peninsula
- Pura Ulun Danu Batur (Batur Temple), located at Kintamani in the Eastern Highlands
- Pura Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple), located on the main road near Padangbai in East Bali
- Pura Andakasa (Andakasa Temple), located on the summit of Mount Andakasa
- Pura Puncak Mangu (Puncak Mangu Temple), located on the top of Mount Catur, 2096 meter above the sea level