Tirta Empul Temple is one of the biggest and busiest temples in Indonesia and it is located about 40 minutes northeast of Ubud.
Tirta Empul Temple was built in 962 A.D., and its name in Balinese refers to the “Holy Spring”, which today represents one of the most sacred places in Bali.
We combined our trip to Pura Tirta Empul with a visit to the nearby Gunung Kawi Temple. First, we visited Tirta Empul. During the first visit to this temple, we were just observing, taking photos and enjoying the spirituality of this place. Two weeks later, we came back with our friends and decided to perform the rituals as well.
The Tirta Empultemple complex is divided into three main sections.
The first section is called “jaba pura”, where the local people give offerings to the gods (dishes made of palm leaves containing various things such as rice, betel leaves, an insence stick, and coloured flowers – 4 colours for 4 gods).
The next section is called “jaba tengah”, which houses three pools of sacred water. There are thirty spouts in the area, where locals clean themselves performing the Melukat ritual. It is believed that the holy water – “tirta” – removes evil spirits, brings prosperity and cleanses the body and the soul.
The last section of the temple is called “Jeroan,” where the Hindus in white robes come to pray together after giving sacrifices and cleansing baths. At the end of the prayer, the priest sprinkles the holy water at them. After the ceremony, a few grains of rice, which symbolizes life for the Balinese, are pressed onto their forehead and neck.
A visit to Tirta Empul water temple is an uplifting experience not only for the Hindus. I enjoyed it a lot. It was interesting to see how such an active temple actually works and to try one of their rituals myself. However, be careful. If your stomach is sensitive, don’t drink the water during the ritual as I had some stomach day the day after 🙂 Super cleansing effects 😀 Before I leave Bali, I will definitely go back there again.
Have you performed this or any other ritual? How did you feel about it?
How to get to Tirta Empul temple