Bali is known as the island of a thousand temples. This makes most of the tourists interested in spiritual tourism.
In Nusa Penida, there was a temple called “Goa Giri Putri”. The named of “Goa” means “Cave” because the temple is inside a cave. While “Giri” means “hill” and Putri means “woman”. In Hindu, Goa Giri Putri is symbolic of God’s power who protects people.
As a Hindu, sometimes I have to pray in many temples. This is my first experience visiting Goa Giri Putri for praying. Are you interested in Goa Giri Putri? Let me tell my magical experience in Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple!
Where is Goa Giri Putri and How to Get There
Goa Giri Putri is located at Karangsari, Suana Village, Nusa Penida. I departed from Sanur Harbor to Sampalan Harbor by fast boat. You can book a fast boat ticket at penidago.com to simplify your trip. The estimation by riding a scooter from the Sampalan Harbor is about 20-30 minutes.
How to Prepare to Enter the Temple
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Most of the temples in Bali are a holy temple. People have to prepare themselves before entering the temple.
Here 5 things that must be considered to enter The Goa Giri Temple:
1. Keep a positive mind
2. Not allowed to speak rudely
3. Not allowed to do bad things
4. Not allowed for women in menstrual
5. Wear sarong and shawl
Arriving at Goa Giri Putri
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Arriving at Goa Giri, I had to go upstairs to reach the main temple. Before entering the temple, there was Tirta (holy water) for blessing our self. After that, I prayed to the temple outside the cave temple. This temple called “Pura Tri Purusa”. Furthermore, I would enter the entrance of the cave temple. I was quite surprised by the entrance because it looks smaller than my body. All people must look down and slump to reach the cave. It’s quite weird but was a challenging experience.
Praying in Goa Giri Putri
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Although the entrance of the cave was small, I totally surprised because there was a huge cave inside. There were 3 main sections in the front, in the middle, and the backside for praying in Goa Giri Putri. In the front section, there were four shrines for begging life’s safety and prosperity. For the middle sections, there were five shrines. The three shrines were upstairs and the other two were downstairs. These shrines were believed to cure illness. Still in the middle, there was a place for meditation with natural stalagmite. The last section was at the backside and had four shrines. I was prayed to all the sections. I also did melukad, a ritual for blessing our self with holy water. After finished the ritual, a blessed man (pemangku), gave me a holy bracelet called Tridatu who had three colors which is; red, black, and white to protect me every time.
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Best Time to Visit Goa Giri Putri
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The best time to visit Goa Giri Putri is in the early morning, about 7 am until 5 pm. But, It’s not recommended if you visit when they held big ceremonies because it will be a crowded temple.
That’s all my magical experience in Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple. You must visit it if you go to Nusa Penida. I hope you’ll have more magical experience here and don’t forget to book your fast boat ticket at penidago.com for simplifying your trip!