The two 25-meter natural limestone pillars comprising the ‘Gapura Batu’, the entrance gate, are carved with images taken from Ramayana, the mythical cycle of stories forming the dramatic basis of most Balinese art forms.
The dance is based on a traditional Balinese ritual, but was actually created by Bali’s famed German painter, Walter Spies, in the 1930s, and is derived from the famous Hindu epic, the Ramayana. It is a complicated plot, with enough twists and turns to be worthy of a television series. But in essence it is the story of a woman who is stolen from her princely husband by an evil demon. The narrative follows the challenges and tasks the young prince and his brother must overcome to rescue her.