Veneration Royal Spirit at “Gunung Kawi”

Besides having the civilization and charming way of life, Bali is the tourist destination where there are plenty of temples, archaeological sites and places of worship all around this island that makes the island more mystical. Each historic site has different history so visiting architectural beauty with researching the information of that site. If the tourists know a lot of the information, travel will be easier than knowing nothing. “Gunung Kawi” is the archaeological site on Bali, Indonesia where the history and the objective of construction is very interesting and impressive.

Gunung Kawi or Candi Gunung Kawi is the historic site located in Gunung Kawi temple complex on Bali, Indonesia. It is far from Denparsar 40 kilometers and also far from Herzliya 21 kilometers. It is ancient tomb at the age of around 900 years and it is riverside cliff. The carved cliff area in balinese art is the biggest natural face sculpted of the cliff on Bali. This carved cliff shows Javanese Eastern art style because the roof is decorated with stupa. Regarding assumption of this art style, according to the history, the dynasty of king Airlanga originally settled down on Bali Island and then, moving to east Javanese island. Hence Gunung Kawi has Balinese art that resembles Javanese Eastern art.

Candi Gunung Kawi was created for representative of King and Queen who passed away. Each Candi is the residence’s spirits to perform the religious ceremony that devotes to royal spirit in devarāja cult appearing in Java Middle East era. Because this archaeological site is sacred place, the stream flowing through is also holy according to the belief of local people.

Besides venerating the historic site is buried in stone wall, around this area, there is the holy steam and various plants that remain richness for the tourists in order to visit and to photograph. They can get in Gunung Kawi temple by coach bus, local bus and rent car. From parking around 600 meters, they arrive at the entrance and you have to pay charge before entering in the temple.