Tirta Empul Temple

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Located a mere 15 minute drive from the Tegallalang rice terraces, this thousand years-old temple has been drawing worshippers and tourists alike to its lush gardens and holy waters. The name Tirta Empul literally translates as "holy water spring", with the spring feeding the various bathing pools and fish ponds located within the complex. 13 sculpted water spouts line the main bath. After praying at the shrine, worshippers step into the cold waters, bowing under the gushing waters. Legend says that the sacred spring was created by angered god Indra, who at the time waged war against a Balinese ruler who denied his subjects religious practices. The ruler poisoned a spring, causing many of Indra's troops to die. Indra then thrust his staff into the ground, and the holy purifying spring of Tirta Empul spurted out, curing the poisoned soldiers and bringing them back to life. 👍 Consult your guide first if you wish to take part in the purification bath, as this is a formal religious ritual. Please be respectful while on sacred grounds!


Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

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