Pura 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. But first, we visited Tirta Empul.
The Tirta Empultemple complex is divided into three main sections.
The first section is called “jaba pura”, where the local people give offering to the gods (dishes made of palm leaves containing various things such as rice, betel leaves, aromatic sticks, 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 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. At the end of 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. Before I leave Bali, I will definitely go back there again.
How to get to Tirta Empul temple