The uniqueness of Goa Giri Putri Temple apart from being a pilgrim tour is also a favorite destination in East Nusa Penida.
There are 2 places of worship in Giri Putri Cave, namely the Hindu temple and the location behind the cave there is also a Buddhist temple.
Talking about tourist destinations in Indonesia, the 'world' can even be said to 'agree' that Bali Island is the center.
Goa Giri Putri Temple Nusa Penida
Generally, people traveling to Bali will go straight to the beach. Yes, indeed because the beach is so exotic.
However, did you know that the island opposite Badung Regency - Bali also has many beautiful non-coastal tourist destinations? One of them is Pura Goa Giri Putri Penida which has many unique features.
Here are some of its uniqueness.
The uniqueness of Goa
The uniqueness of the first, Pura Giri Putri Nusa Penida is hidden.
Unlike most temples in Bali that stand out from a distance, the sacred temple in Bali Bali 3 Nusa – Nusa Penida is actually in a cave.
Practically, anyone who wants to see the beauty of the Hindu worship building must first enter the Giri Putri Cave.
The cave that has just been named is the largest cave in Nusa Penida. Goa Giri Putri Temple itself, the location is at an altitude of 150 meters above sea level and has a length of 310 meters.
For Hindus, this temple is very important. The name Goa Giri Putri itself is full of meaning.
The meaning of the name Giri Putri
The word 'giri' in the series of names, means hill or mountain. While 'Putri' means woman.
In Hinduism, the princess is symbolized as the power of the gods. Furthermore, because this cave is a place of worship of Shiva in the form of a manifestation of the goddess who is caring, protecting and loving humans, the name Giri Putri is attached to the name of the cave.
In addition to the location and philosophy of the name, the uniqueness also lies in the presence of a spring that flows inside the Goa Giri Putri Temple.
Hindus believe that flowing water has a natural power that can cure disease.
They also often ask for Tirta Penglukatan (self-cleaning water) and bring the water home to treat sick families at home.
Prohibition of women's menstrual cycle
This cave also should not be entered carelessly. Women who are menstruating are prohibited from entering it, because they are not clean.
Clothing to enter this cave also can not be careless. In addition to the sarong, the typical clothing when entering this area is a scarf.
For tourists who want to enter the Goa Giri Putri temple, they must also maintain their attitude and behavior.
To get to the cave requires quite an extra struggle, because you have to climb 110 stairs before finally reaching the mouth of the cave.
Small Cave Door
The second uniqueness is that the mouth of the cave is small, only less than 80 centimeters and narrow for an adult body. But no matter how big your body is, it will feel right to enter the door of this cave.
Therefore, to enter it really requires guts and strong strength. To get to the middle of the cave, visitors must walk by squatting for 3 meters.
If you 'pass' this test, you will find a large and wide area that is said to be able to accommodate up to 5000 people. Now, the tiredness of going to the Goa Giri Putri Temple has paid off.
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The exoticism of this temple is increasingly radiated thanks to the shape of the building that blends with the stalagmite and stalactites in the cave.
Meanwhile, small lights in several locations of the cave further add to the sacred impression. Some rooms are even left dark, because as a place of meditation.
Another part that is not less interesting from this cave is the end. There are many long chairs made of stone with statues of gods in front as a place of worship. This is where religious ceremonies are usually held.
Moving 100 meters from that point, you will see a wide cave exit.
Thus, to get out of this area, visitors will no longer experience difficulties like when entering. How about you, are you interested in exploring the Goa Giri Putri Temple of Nusa Peninda?
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