Goa Lawah Temple is known as one of the six important temples in Bali. Goa Lawah consists of words and Lawah cave, wherein said means Lawah bat. So Lawah Goa temple is a temple in which there are caves with thousands of bats.
Goa Lawah or Bali Bat Cave is located on hill bank so it is called reef of Middle hill. This cave is situated in Pasinggahan countryside, Dawan sub district, Klungkung Regency, east part of Bali and about 1,5 hours from Denpasar Town. The location is also a pathway to Candidasa tourism, ranging from 15 miles east of the temple and Goa Lawah Temple and Kerta Gosa.
There is a nature cave dwelt by thousands of tail bat located at north side from Jeroan/center of Goa Lawah Temple . Meanwhile the main road from Klungkung to Amlapura is just in front of the temple.
This cave is apposite to the beautiful beach with black sand along the coastal area.
Goa Lawah Temple, a shrine for Balinese Hindu
Pursuant to the papyrus of Dwi Jendra Tattwa, the Goa Lawah’s name is Goa Lelawah, the name which is given by Danghyang Nirartha (a priest overspread the Hindu teaching in Bali) when he stop in this place on his Tirtha Yatra trips. He arrive at a cave which is a lot of bats hang on and its unbroken voice clamor as hymn to add the beauty of the cave. Therefore this cave is named by Goa Lawah/Bat Cave.
On the above cave is growth by the flower trees with it’s smelt fragrance and stimulus the peace mind of Danghyang Nirartha, so that he overnight stay for some nights in this place. From the cave, we see also the beautiful coast with the blue ocean with Nusa Penida Island as a backdrop.
It is a beautiful black sandy beach where the fishermen dock the traditional boats along the shore. Meanwhile the unique activities of traditional salt making conducted by local fishermen on the beach (close to Goa Lawah).
Goa Lawah Temple – Bali Bat Cave History
According to the chronicle of Bendesa Mas, it mentions that the elaborations of Mpu Kuturan (a Hindu priest who come from Java) then he live in Bali which has been hosted in Silayukti, Padang Bai.
He also builds some temple like Gua Lawah Temple
According to the Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, it narrates that after Danghyang Nirartha stay some nights at Goa Lawah, then he build a Kahyangan Temple on the ground. It means that Danghyang Nirartha extends the Palinggih or temple building existing at Gua Lawah Temple .
Function of Goa Lawah Temple
Based on Papyrus of Kusuma Dewa, it is Giha Lawah, a palace from Basuki god
Based on Papyrus of Padma Bhuwana is explaining that in accordance to holy letter title Pentameter Aksara
The structure of Gua Lawah Temple building is based on the temple building from Ista Dewata in particular of Padmasana which is located in front of Siwa Cave as power of entire universe potency
Based on Lontar Babad Dalem is implying that Gua Lawah Temple as a good place to execute the Tirtha Yatra or Nyegara Gunung (meditation), because in this place there are nature potency of solidarity that is mount, the sea, goad an watu or petrify
The scenery in this temple is very typical , because a cave is under the shady trees . At the mouth of the cave was built a couple of places of worship. In front of the cave in the temple area also appears to many places of worship. Big ceremony in this temple held once every six months . In the Balinese calendar days Anggarkasih called Medangsia .
This temple is located opposite the beach and into the hills . A temple is also built on this beach called Pura Segara . Pura Segara is a temple around which most of the community livelihood as fishermen to worship the Lord with the title of Lord Varuna or God of the Sea .
Upon entering the village temple Pesinggahan towards Goa Lawah , along the way there are many stalls that offer a menu of fish . Such as grilled fish , spiced fish , satay , fish soup , vegetable plecing , raw chili , red chili seasoning Bali , complete with rice and coconut ice. Stall – stall snacks are also many temples across .
The parking lot is available quite extensive which is outside the temple and on the waterfront . This tourist destination visited by domestic and foreign tourists .