Yeh Pulu

Relief Yeh Pulu at Bedulu – Gianyar

Yeh Pulu is an archaeological site with 25m-long carved cliff face next to the Sungai Petanu that is believed to be the remnants of a 14th-century hermitage. Besides the figure of Ganesha, elephant-headed son of Shiva, most scenes depict scenes of everyday life.

Yeh Pulu was first discovered in 1925 by a local from Ubud, then reported to the Dutch. Shortly afterwards the Nieuwendkamp described it in the Oudheidkundig Dienst official report. In the report it is said that the archaeological site of Yeh Pulu suffered damage because of the rice farming above.

This site has a variety of reliefs. Kempers, a historian, explains that the reliefs are read from north to south. This site is believed to be the meditation place of the king of Bendahulu. The reliefs told a lot about the life of Raja Bendahulu (Bedulu) before he was killed in a conflict with the Kingdom of Majapahit. This battle occurred around 1343 AD. Some 200m meters to the north of this main site is a sacred bathing place, also decorated with sets of naturalistic stone reliefs.

Yeh Pulu is located amid ricefields in Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh Sub-district, Gianyar, Bali. The site is located 500 meters south of the Goa Gajah Monastery or Elephant cave. It is about 40 km from Bali Airport or Kuta or about 1-hour drive.