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Holy Water Temple, Tirta Empul

Visa Bali Info – Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu temple in the middle of the island of Bali, Indonesia, precisely in Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar Regency, which is famous for its holy water where Balinese Hindus seek purification (wikipedia).

This temple is one of the historical heritage sites in Bali, especially Gianyar. This place is visited by many tourists both from foreign and domestic tourists.

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Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul is a temple of worship for Hindus in which there are several holy springs which are believed to be water that can purify themselves.

The name of this temple is taken from the name of the spring contained in the temple called Tirta Empul. Etymologically, Tirta Empul means water that gushes out from the ground.

So Tirta Empul means holy water that gushes out from the ground. The water flows into the river around it.

The Legend of Tirta Empul

Wikipedia, It is said that King Mayadenawa acted arbitrarily and did not allow the people to carry out religious ceremonies to ask for salvation from the gods.

After the deed was known by the gods, the gods headed by Bhatara Indra attacked Mayadenawa. Mayadenawa lost and fled to the north of Tampak Siring Village.

With his supernatural powers he created a poisonous spring causing the Bhatara Indra soldiers who were chasing him to die from drinking the water.

Seeing this Bhatara Indra immediately stuck his spear and “water came out of the ground” (Tirta Empul).

This Holy Water is used to sprinkle the Gods so that soon they can live again as before.

The state of Tirta Empul Temple

The first time we enter the gate of Tirta Empul Temple, we will meet a very large courtyard. On the right side there is a building like a hall with Balinese architecture. This hall is usually used for rest or a gathering place, listening to the guide’s explanation of the origin of the Tirta Empul Temple.

Stepping inside, there are three pools and each pool has dozens of showers lined up on the edge of the pool.

Each shower has a shower for tourists who want to purify themselves.

Behind the holy water bathing pool, there is a building used for prayer. On the side of the temple for prayer there is a building with a very large pool in front of it.

In front of the Balinese-style building there is a large goldfish pond.

Don’ts and Rules When You Are in the Tirta Empul Area

  • Must wear traditional clothes or wear a yellow scarf,
  • No shorts, no loose hair.
  • In addition, bathing here is not allowed to use soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and the like.

Tirta Empul Location and Hours of Operation

Tirta Empul is located in the Tampak Siring area, precisely on Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80552, Indonesia.

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday, 08.00-17.00

Entrance Ticket to Tirta Empul

Each visitor will be charged a fee to enter this area. For adults each person has to pay Rp. 30,000, and for children Rp. 25,000.

For self parking fees will be charged, the car is Rp. 5000, – while the motorbike is Rp. 2000,-.

Facilities in Tirta Empul Area

– Balinese kamen cloth

– Spring pool

– Toilet

– Parking lot

– Souvenir shop

– Stalls and food stalls

Tirta Empul itself is a historical heritage that continues to be preserved. Here there are springs that are clearly visible to the eye.

However, you are not allowed to enter the area in the springs. You can only stand watching from the edge of the temple fence.

Adjacent to the temple, in this tourist spot there is the Tampak Siring Palace which was built from 1957-1960. The presidential palace which was founded by Bung Karno as a resting place.

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