Goa Giri Putri Temple
The Goa Giri Putri Temple is one of Nusa Penida Island’s major cultural attractions. The large cave temple is in the village of Suana, on the north-eastern part of Penida. Clear signs lead you to the site along the Jalan Ped-Buyuk main road. A shrine and a priests’ praying shelter guards its entrance. The entrance itself is uniquely a narrow opening in a rock face.
Goa Giri Putri Temple is a Balinese Hindu temple set within a limestone cave in the village of Karangsari. It’s one of most populer tourist destinations in Nusa Penida to visit. You’ll need to stoop down low to be able to go inside. Inside, you’ll discover a spacious temple courtyard. Floorings before the main shrines in the cave’s corner are partly covered in white marble.
At Goa Giri Putri Temple, there are a total of six praying spots. This includes the preceding stairway up to the Ida Hyang Tri Purusa lan Ganapati shrine at the entrance. The remaining five spots are inside. Visiting pilgrims must go through all of them, consecutively. Visits usually include a holy water purification ritual. Devotees take their seats on the raised marble platforms. This is due to the surrounding floor of the cave being constantly moistened by the constant dripping from stalactites. During major ceremonies, pilgrims must take turns ascending and descending into the cave.
Another unique feature of this cave temple is the final praying spot. This is devoted to Chinese deities such as Guan Yin, or the Goddess of Mercy, as well as the god of the earth and sky. It’s adorned with red Chinese lanterns and ornaments that you would usually find at a Chinese temple. Many pilgrims pray here and ask for blessings of better business and prosperity. As this is a sacred site, proper attire must be worn when visiting Goa Giri Putri Temple.