(bat cave). The road continuing east from Kusamba runs parallel to lovely seascapes close to Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave, the walls of which vibrate with thousands of bats – their bodies packed so close together that the upper surface of the cave resembles undulating mud.
Being an extraordinary phenomenon, Goa Lawah is considered holy. A temple with shrines protects the entrance. The cave is said to extend all the way back to Besakih, and may continue to an underground river that comes up, it is said, at Pura Goa (Cave temple) within the Besakih complex – a temple associated with the mythological naga or serpent Basuki which is also honored at Pura Goa Lawah, where a snake is supposed to live, feeding on bats. Further explanation, Pura Goa Lawah (the Bat Cave Temple) is one of the island’s nine special Sad Kahyangan Temples, and as such it is the designated holy place to honour the God Maheswara who resides in this section of the island. Religious processions visit the temple every day, and it is a particular focus for religious rites associated with death. Goa Lawah Temple located along the coast of southeastern Bali just west of Candidasa. The center of the temple is built around a cave filled with thousands of bat that make the roof of the cave their homes. Its entrances are guarded by a temple believed to be found by a sage nine centuries ago.
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