Pura Tirta Empul reserves massive religious and historical values for not only local Balinese but also for Hindus from around the world. This beautiful water temple is also well-known for its holy spring water that is considered as “Amritha” in Hindu Culture and used for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which delivers fresh water regularly which is considered to have curative properties for various skin diseases as well. Tirta Empul Temple was established around a huge water spring in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty. The temple is segregated into three sections: Jaba Pura, Jaba Tengah and Jeroan which is also called as the front yard, central yard and inner yard respectively. Jaba Tengah comprises of 2 pools with 30 showers.
From the ancient times, the devotees have been dropping into Pura Tirta Empul, whose holy spring is believed to have been created by Lord Indra itself. It is said that when Lord Indra’s men got poisoned by Mayadanawa, he lanced the earth to produce a spring of eternity to revitalize and revive them. Pura Tirta Empul’s spring is the result of Lord Indra endeavor to give new life to his people. At the later stages, the temple was made around that “Amritha” spring which believed to have curative properties to various skin diseases.
The Tirta Empul Temple comprises of the conventional Balinese split gate and houses with shrines to Indra, Shiva, Bramha and Vishnu. There are few large open sheds in the central area, advantageous for a calming rest in the shade. But of course people do not visit Pura Tirta Empul to relax in the shed. The central charisma here is a huge rectangular stone carved pool that is brimming with koi and supplied by the holy spring via 12 fountains. Devotees first make an offering at the temple and then rise into the central pool to bathe and pray. Many of the people collect the water in bottles to take home as this holy water is used in various ceremonies as well as cremation activities too. There are two more small pools nearby the central pool.
The saga behind the spring is of a Balinese ruler Mayadenawa and Lord Indra. The king Mayadenawa who portrayed as evil king that challenged the principal of Hinduism, and started killings and torturing people who wanted to do religious prayers and practices. His cruel deeds eventually peeved the gods, and Lord Indra was asked to control the situation. During the battle, King Mayadenawa somehow poisoned the Lord Indra troops. As a result Lord Indra decided to perforate earth to let the “Amrita” emerge to save his soldiers. Tirta Empul Temple underscores the crisscross of Mayadenawa trying to save his life from Indra and his troops at several places.
Pura Tirta Empul is located in the village of Tampak Siring, accessible by public transportation from Ubud. The souvenir stands outside the temple specialize in the local craft, carved bone jewelry.
TIPS FOR VISITING TEMPLES IN BALI
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How to get there : There are three main ways to see the Balinese temples. You either sign up for a group tour, you rent a car or you rent a scooter.
Why you must do a Bali temple tour during your trip?
You get to discover the stunning locations and amazing vista around the temples
The spectacular architecture and unique designs of the Balinese temples worth a look
The cultural side of the real Bali is rich and tranquil at the same time. You must experience it.
You will get to learn more about Hinduism
You do not have to go too far from your hotel to find a temple. The temples are nearby most of the popular beaches. From tiny shrines to big temple complexes, choose what you want to see.