"Bedahulu - a Legend of king who changes his head" Bedahulu by myspices

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Attraction in Bedahulu - The Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) is situated in Bedahulu (or Bedulu ) which most tourists will make a stop-over when they are traveling up north to Kintamani. It will be interesting to know the legend of Bendulu which was once the capital of the great kingdom. It was said that Dalem Bedaulu, the last Balinese king, has magical powers which allowed him to change his head whenever it was chopped off. During one of his parties, a servant chopped of his head but accidently dropped his head in a river which carried it away. In panic, the servant grabbed a pig's head and replaced in onto the king. From then on, the king forbade his subjects to look up on him. "Bedaulu" means "He Who Changed Heads".

Upon arrival at the spacious car park lined not only with cars but also with little shops selling almost the same things, you will be immediately swarmed by pedlars persistently trying to sell you pairs carved elephants made of buffalo bones or wood carvings of balinese dancers. We did not heed them.
We were then lead to the ticket booth to purchase tickets. Entrance fee is 6,000Rp. You will need to move up a flight of stairs and from the top you will be able to see the surroundings of Goa Gajah. How this place relates to "gajah" (elephant), no one really knows. Some said the name came about because it is near to Sungai Petanu which was formerly known as Elephant River and some said that the place derived its name from the stone slab of the entrance which does resemble the face of an elephant. There is a good write-up on Goa Gajah at the entrance towards the compound which gives a good insight of the cave. The origins of the cave could have been dated back to the 11th century and was discovered in 1923.


Goa Gajah - Once you enter....

...... the mouth of the cave, you will be almost in darkness. At various corners, inside the dark cave, you will see statues of Hindu gods - god Shiva and Yoni and Ganesha, who is the elephant-headed son of Shiva. These little corners where the gods sat were dimly lit up.

Gao Gajah - The courtyard

There are 2 bathing pools in the courtyard and the 6 female figurines with waterspouts, 4 in each of the pool, send sprinkles of water into the pools. Inside the pools, you might find some tiny, miserable fishes swimming here and there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good write-up on Goa Gajah at the entrance to the cave
  • Cons:Place is not properly kept
  • In a nutshell:Who says there's no elephant in Bali - see it in Goa Gajah!
  • Last visit to Bedahulu: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2006
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