Standing Vigil – The Loyal Temple Guardian

Made from andesite, here stands a Balinese temple guardian or better known as Dvarapala in Sanskrit.  These stone guardians are usually found in front of temple entrances and holy sites as a protector from evil. Dvarapala’s in Indonesia normally depict very fierce looking creatures with a rather bulky physique. Some guardians are often found holding a club in a semi kneeling position. This Dvarapala was found guarding the Tirta Empul Temple in Tampak Siring, located just between Ubud and Kintamani.

Rosemarie John

Travel and Beyond by Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis portrays a kaleidoscope of all things travel related mixed with just the right dosage of history and culture.

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