Pura Goa Lawah: The Original Bali Bat Cave with Rabies potential?


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Pura Goa Lawah literally meaning the Bat Cave Pura in English.

This unique Pura is known for having a live bat cave for its entrance, with the rest of the compound built around the cave. So cool that even Bruce Wayne will be impressed when he sees the place.

Where is this cool place? Pura Goa Lawah is located in the village of Pesinggahan, Klungkung Regency, Bali. The large complex of Pura Goa Lawah is located on the north side of Jalan Raya Goa Lawah main road, on the beach of Goa Lawah.

It was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, one of the earliest priests who introduced Hinduism to the Balinese people. The temple complex  was originally the center of meditation for Hindu priests.

When the Dutch with its Royal Netherlands East Indies Army under Andreas Victor Michiels  attacked the Klungkung kingdom under Dewa Agung Istri Kanya in 1849 (famously known as the War of Kusamba), the temple was one of the key points during the war.

As time progressed, the temple decoration evolves. In the early 20th-century, it was pretty common to attach porcelain ceramic plates onto the shrines and gates of Pura Goa Lawah. This treatment can also be found on the other old temples in Bali such as Pura Kehen. Today, the porcelain ceramic plates decoration on the shrines and gates has been greatly reduced.

Pura Goa Lawah was built over a hilly outcrop and is divided into three areas: the outer sanctum of the temple (jaba pisan or nistaning mandala), the middle sanctum (jaba tengah or madya mandala), and the inner main sanctum (jero or utamaning mandala).

A Candi Bentar gate marks the entrance to the temple complex; a pavilion to keep a ceremonial drum called Bale Kulkul is placed on the West area of the entrance. Within the first courtyard of the temple, the outer sanctum or the jaba pisan, there are three pavilions (bale) located in three corners of the temple complex. One of the pavilions is the Bale Gong, where the gamelan set is kept for musical performance. Access to the middle sanctum or jaba tengah is located to the west of the outer sanctum.

Next, three paduraksa portals mark the entrance to the innermost sanctum of the temple (jero). The inner main sanctum consists of three meru towers, one of which is dedicated to the God, Shiva. Several smaller shrines are nested into a cave, where hoards of nectar bats rest. The entrance to the mouth of the cave is marked with the Candi Bentar gates. Other shrine is a Bale or pavilion adorned with motifs of Naga Basuki flanking its steps. Naga Basuki is a primordial dragon who is believed to keep the balance of the cosmos.

Well, it’s almost impossible to talk about Bat Caves (however cool they are), we honestly get so many questions about the bats -and if they are rabies-free. We’re sure that the majority of people in the world know what a rabies is by now, but, just to be sure, let’s see what the world can tell us about it. According to WHO, Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans), caused by the rabies virus, of the Lyssavirus genus, within the family Rhabdoviridae.

The virus is transmitted in the saliva of rabid animals and generally enters the body via infiltration of virus-laden saliva from a rabid animal into a wound (e.g. scratches), or by direct exposure of mucosal surfaces to saliva from an infected animal (e.g. bites). The virus cannot infiltrate intact skin. Once the virus reaches the brain, it further replicates, resulting in presentation of clinical signs from the patient. There are two clinical manifestations of rabies – furious (classical or encephalitic) and paralytic. Furious rabies is the most common form of human rabies, accounting for approximately 80% of cases.

With the exception of Antarctica, rabies is endemic on all continents. Of the tens of thousands of deaths occurring annually due to rabies, 95% of cases are reported in Asia and Africa. That sounds like a bad news, right? Well, the good news is, Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease. Rabies vaccine is a vaccine used to prevent rabies. There are a number of vaccines available that are both safe and effective. They can be used to prevent rabies before and for a period of time after exposure to the virus such as by a dog or bat bite.

The immunity that develops is long lasting after a full course. Doses are usually given by injection into the skin or muscle. After exposure vaccination is typically used along with rabies immunoglobulin. It is recommended that those who are at high risk of exposure be vaccinated before potential exposure. Vaccines are effective in humans and other animals. Vaccinating dogs is very effective in preventing the spread of rabies to humans.

Rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) is a medication made up of antibodies against the rabies virus. It is used to prevent rabies following exposure. It is given after the wound is cleaned with soap and water or povidone-iodine and is followed by a course of rabies vaccine. It is given by injection into the site of the wound and into a muscle. It is not needed in people who have been previously vaccinated against rabies.

However, we understand that playing safe is much, much better than being sorry in the end. That’s why we encourage you to not take the risk and get that Rabies Shot, especially if you plan to see some wild monkeys this weekend. Hey, we believe that the government has done its best to prevent Rabies, and those monkeys are mostly safe. Still, there might be a verrrryyy small chance that a stubborn one was not in place, and therefore missed its last shot.

If we comvinced you to get a shot while you are here, look no further: you’re in the right place. Hydro Medical is a medical service that provides serving mainly for hydration therapy and injection rabies vaccine. We also serve medical check up, oncalls service, wound care, home visit and home care. Talk about convenience, huh?

As you may have read in our About section, Hydro Medical offers you not only Rabies vaccines but also  hydration therapy, which is conducted by minimally invasive procedure delivering the uid, medications, vitamins, and other nutritional supplement intravenously to relief multiple symptoms associated with the effects of dehydration. All Hydro Medical procedures are administered by certifed experienced physicians and registered nurses with a very promising asvantage of a Painless Neddle procedure.

Speaking about Rabies Shots, do you actually know how it is given? According to some journals, Rabies vaccine is unique in that it is most often used after exposure to the disease. The only people who typically get vaccinated as a preventive measure (before exposure) are those who are at high risk for exposure, such as laboratory workers, veterinarians, animal handlers, spelunkers, and travelers going to parts of the world where exposure to rabies is likely. For these people three doses of vaccine are given; the second is given seven days after the first dose and the third 21 to 28 days after the first dose.

For those who have been exposed to rabies, the vaccine is given to prevent the progressive, invariably fatal disease, rabies. In these situations, a total of four shots are given in the shoulder muscle: The first shot is given immediately after exposure to a rabid animal, then again three days later, seven days later, and 14 days later. Don’t hesitate to call before you come in so you know exactly what they are offering and what treatments you will get. We wish you a wonderful, rabies-free holiday!