If you are in search of the
ancient, the mystical, the beautiful, then look no further, Bali's Tirta Empul
Temple is a must-see attraction while visiting the famed 'Island of the God's.'
See the Traveller's Bazaar video feature of this stunning temple.
While reviewing the stunning
eco-luxury venue, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, I managed to detach myself from the
lovely resort to do some local activities. I jumped on my scooter and cruised
through the countryside, stopping to
visit the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest and
Tirta Empul Temple.
Tirta Empul is a holy water
temple, sourced from the sacred Tampak Siring spring. This 1,000 year old
temple has largely been unchanged. The temple houses purification pools for
locals who practice Balinese Hinduism. The temple's long rectilinear pools are
carved out of stone, and feature fountainheads that fill the pools with the
holy spring water. Worshipers first make an offering in the inner-court
temple, then climb into the main pool to bathe, pray, and collect the water in
bottles to take home. The water is believed to have curative and prosperous
powers. I certainly felt refreshed and renewed after taking a dip!
Tirta Empul Temple includes the
traditional Balinese split gate architecture (photographed below) along with shrines
to Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Bali's Mt. Batur, and Indra. On the grounds is a
large community pavilion, where you will see many families and tourist relaxing
and taking in this wonderful site.
Tirta Empul is located in the
village of Tampak Siring, you can drive independently via google maps (as I
did) or have your hotel's concierge arrange transportation. The drive is
spectacularly scenic, you will cross narrow bridges, see verdant jungle scapes
and paddy fields, venture through tiny villages, and come across hundreds of
ancient temples along the winding road. The drive is 30 minutes from Ubud.
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