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Gunung Kawi Temple Bali


Gunung Kawi Temple Bali


  • Gunung Kawi is a Hindu Temple complex situated in Gianyar regency. The 10 candis of Gunung Kawi symbolise the biggest and the best preserved illustrations of the 15 candis currently known in Bali. It is very probable that there are more typical candis in Bali, buried by landslides and a number of seismic events.
  • The word candi refers to the home of Goddess of Death and spouse of Lord Shiva, Candika. The rock-hewn candis are a completely Balinese phenomenon, not known elsewhere in the world.
  • However, their general form shows decorations and architectural forms similar to the free-standing candis of East Java. This kind of highly labor-intensive, rock-hewn construction is common in India.
  • The Gunung Kawi’s candis are thought to be built in the 11th century by King Anak Wungsu in honour of his father. The candis aren’t tombs, because they have never housed human remains or ashes. They are believed to be symbolic secular houses to accommodate the members of the defied royal family.