Tirta Empul, Holy Water Temple in Bali Which is Visited By Many Tourists

Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple is located just below Tampaksiring Presidential Palace. Built in 1957 by first President Republic of Indonesia (RI), Soekarno.

IPHEDIA.com - Tirta Empul Temple, a temple that has a beautiful sacred pool, is located in Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar Regency, Bali Province, Indonesia. To get to the location, you have to travel a distance of about 36 kilometers from Denpasar City with a travel time of approximately approximately 1 hour drive.

Tirta Empul, one places you must visit if you are on holiday in Bali. Tirta Empul Temple is visited by many tourists, both from foreign and domestic tourists. In this temple there is a spring and is also used by Hindus for bathing and invoking holy tirta.

For tourism paths in Bali, Tampak Siring is usually used as a stopover for tourists who have visited Ubud tourist areas, such as the Tegalalang Terraced Tourism object, or tourists who have come from the Kintamani tourist area, to the tourist areas in southern Bali.

One thing you need to know, Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple is located just below Tampaksiring Presidential Palace. Built in 1957 by first President Republic of Indonesia (RI), Soekarno. Together with Presidential Palace, Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple presents an enchanting scenery that you can see.

As a Petirtaan center or bathing place, to explore the entire Tirta Empul location is quite complex and it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour. Just like in temples and other holy places around this island, you need to wear a 'sarong' before entering that place. Sarong is available at the entrance of the temple and can be rented by making a small contribution.

Once you enter the temple, you will walk through a large stone gate (known as Candi Bentar). At the end of the yard there is another Bentar Temple built on the wall that leads to the central courtyard.

This gate is guarded by carving large statues of two Dwarapala or guardians that are given a golden color. At the top gate there is a carving of Kala which is very different from other carvings of Kala in other places because it has fangs attached to the top and a pair of hands with open arms.

Entering inner courtyard, you will arrive at 'Jaba Tengah' area which is main area temple. The holy spring here bubbled into a large crystal-clear pool inside temple and gushed out through 30 stalks of water into two sacred purification ponds.

Adherents of local Balinese and Hindu religions stand in long lines in ponds waiting to dip their heads under water funnels in purification rituals known as 'painting'.

Bathers start from bathing pool on left standing up to waist under first water funnel. Once they have cleaned themselves under first funnel, they join the next queue. This process continues until they clean themselves under each water funnel. However, there are two funnels that are intended only to clean dead and are prohibited from being used by living people for ritual of 'painting'.

Behind purification pond is the last part Tirta Empul Air Sacred Temple, called Viscera. Most overlooked by tourists, innards or inner courtyards are pleasant places to visit and relax after the hustle and bustle purification pool. This is where people come to pray.

Front yard is dominated by a large spring that fills purification pond. Water sources filled with green algae and small fish swim between reeds. Behind spring there is a large Hindu shrine. Shrines are brightly decorated, which contrasts with the white clothes of Balinese people who come here to pray.

When you come out of Tirta Empul, you pass a large pond filled with koi fish. This part temple is walled on all four sides other complex, which provides a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Fat koi fish swim lazily in the pond waiting for their next meal.

Tirta Empul is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu water god. An inscription shows that erection of this temple existed in 926 AD. In Balinese, the translated Tirta Empul means water flowing out earth, for this reason Tirta Empul is considered a holy spring.

Tirta Empul Temple includes a holy place for Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and also one for Indra and Mount Batur. It is considered one of the five or six most sacred temples in all of Bali and is considered one holy water sources in Bali, and other is Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan. (*)
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