Pura Gaduh, Bali Overview

About 200m east of the Blahbatuh market lies the 'Home of the Giant's Head', known as Pura Gaduh. Also known as Pura Kebo Iwa, the temple houses the metre-high stone head of Kebo Iwa, believed to be the giant aide to the Bedulu King protecting the kingdom from foreign invasions. The fascinating history behind this temple makes it a great attraction for the cultural aficionado.

Built in the 7th-century, the temple used to be the residence of the ruling king but was converted into a temple at the insistence of the village-folk who wanted a temple and a statue to be erected to honour their much-beloved Kebo Iwa. While most of the temple was built in the style that is in keeping with traditional Balinese temple architecture, the intricate carvings that adorn the staircase leading up the temple's split gates are a departure from conventional styles. 

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