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. If you didn’t bring a sarong and sash, you can rent them at the temple’s base. Lighting inside the cave is adequate, but if you’re planning to take photos, a camera or smartphone with low-light capabilities would greatly help.


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