Goa Lawah or Gua Lawah is a Hindu Shrine with unique and beautiful temple building existing in front of the cave. Goa Lawah Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali located in the costal side, east part of Bali. This temple is a famous temple in the island and many visited by Hindu people in particular on the ceremony day. The unique event can be seen on this tourist destination is all drivers who pass the main road from Denpasar to Karangasem which is located just in front of the temple will stop for a while for worshiping to obtain safety benediction on the way.
Main Temple Area: Goa Lawah Temple area is consisted of three levels which is suitable to the Bali Direction Concept. As usual Hindu temples in Bali, Goa Lawah is divided into three parts those are main temple area (Utama Mandala), middle temple area (Madya Mandala) and outside area (Nista Mandala). We will find the biggest temple buildings in main temple area. We can also find the bat cave with thousand of bats hang on the cliff and other shrines. The temple ceremony procession in this temple is held from the main temple area and then continued to the middle and outside area.
Function of Goa Lawah Temple
Based on Lontar Babad Dalem is implying that Goa 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.