Goa Gajah

‘Goa Gajah’ means Elephant Caves. No points for guessing which deity an Elephant refers to. Of course I meant Lord Ganesha!

Goa Gajah cave entrance, Bali

There was a small idol of Ganesha in a dark corner inside this cave.

Pura Tirta Empul

‘Tirta Empul’ means Temple of Holy Springs. It is this place that the Balinese come from all over the island on pilgrimages to bathe and thus cleanse themselves spiritually.


The above image is the main bathing place. The actual spring is at an adjoining (large) rectangular well (one can easily see the water bubbling out here) and it is that water which is channeled on to the bathing place.

Legend says that this temple was created by Lord Indra when he pierced the earth to create a spring of ‘amruta’, the elixir of immortality, with which he revived his forces who were poisoned by the evil king, Mayadanawa.

Acintya, Bali god

I’m guessing this idol in the above picture might be that of Lord Indra.

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Mallesh · 27 Dec ’10 at 9:20 pm

Hi Anupa….

Super Photos kano… Loved the first one.. Good Going Buddy..

Akhila Prasad · 3 Jan ’11 at 6:40 pm

The first pic is splendid.

Anoop · 5 Jan ’11 at 7:07 am

Thanks Mallesh. Good to see you here.

Thanks Akhila. I liked the nonchalant way in which the Balinese appease their gods 😉

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