Pura Samuan Tiga, Gyanyar
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This is an 11th century temple, not far from Goa Gajah. The name of the temple means the Temple of the Three Gods in Disguise. When the bad king Mayadenawa was ruling he argued against the villagers faith in the Hindu gods.
The gods Indra, Mahadewa, and Pasupati heard about this after the villagers prayed to them, and came down to earth dressed as simple villagers themselves, and refuted the great king, and showed their great power. It is now considered one of the six great temples in Bali.
When we were there the temple was very quiet, and a change from the touristy sites nearby. Around the temple are a number of huge and ancient trees, including the customary banyan trees. The temple contains a few ancient sculptures, like the one to Dewi Ganga, and a very fine collection of Door Guardians. There are also two modern tapestries showing scenes from Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa.
Standing at the Gate, Photograph by Vonny Salazar
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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