Garba Cave is an ancient relic site in the form of niche/cave which was carved on a wall and located on the west of Pakerisan River.
This site is estimated to be built in the 11th AD century during the reign of King Jayapangus as a place for meditation.
It is based on the proof on a hermitage niche building located at the end of the south area. There is a carved inscription with Kadari Kuadran letter that says “Sri”. This inscription is from the 11th AD century.
ANCIENT RELIC SITE
- Temple, discovered in an incomplete condition, only the pillar left, there is an ancient Javanese epigraph on the door of the temple
- Embodiment Statue, placed at a shrine (pelinggih) so-called Pelinggih Bujangga, that statue consists of two Ganesha statues, two God statues, three Priest statues, and a Kemuncak that consists of four statues.
- Lingga Yoni, placed in a temple’s room, only opened when there is a ceremony (Piodalan).
Foot Sole Stamp, carved on an andesite rock at one of the stairs of gate (gapura), according to myth, this foot sole stamp is the foot sole of Patih Kebo Iwa. Now, the stone consisting of this foot sole is regarded as sacred, it is protected by a wood fence.
- Hermitage Niche, there are three hermitage niches in total.
- Petirtaan Telaga Waja, located on the south of the Garba Cave Gapura, and placed higher than other Petirtaan (a sacred pool used for bathing).
- Petirtaan Pancaka Tirta, located on the south of Telaga Waja, so-called Pancaka Tirta because there are five sacred fountains whose water is then flowing to the Pakerisan River.
- Petirtaan Telaga Sepih, located on the south of Pancaka Tirta whose place is rather lower.
- In addition, on the east side of this petirtaan, there is a well which is covered by a soil-made rock, with a stair heading down from it so-called Saptapatala and on the south of Garba Cave, there is also a hermitage site so-called Pasusu Cafe.
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