Ubud is beautiful and overwhelming. I was seeking an authentic hindu store that could represent balinese culture and spirituality. There are a lot of stores and even more tourists. The stores are decorated with these beautiful shrines and sell small statues of Buddha and Ganesh. Many tourists buy these as souvenirs, a token to prove their exotic travels. The statues begin to lack spirituality and the buyers have no idea the meaning behind them.
When I found this gallery I felt refreshed and welcomed. The name "Pure Land" really suits the space, as soon as I entered I felt a safe and sacred energy. I quickly befriended the man working there, his name was Dewa Putra. He had a very welcoming and gentle vibe to him. Whenever I showed any interest in a piece, he would explain the meaning and purpose to it with great detail. I ended up sitting with him on the floor cushions and he taught me how to use a singing bowl. He taught me the connection you must have with the bowl to play it right and we discussed our beliefs and how they influence us. I ended up buying these beautiful tibetan prayer flags, mala prayer beads and a hindu spinning ring. I learned a lot from him and the gallery, after leaving I felt even more connected with the balinese culture. I left with a very relaxed and uplifting energy. Dewa was very humble and respectful. It was nice to make a friend as well creating a spiritual connection with somebody. I really recommend going here if you want beautiful authentic art. This place is very reasonably priced and is unlike any other store I went to in Bali.
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