Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bali 2010 - Tirtha Empul Temple

Pura Tirtha Empul is famous for its Holy Spring which is thought to have curative powers. For hundreds of years, Balinese worshippers have been coming to this temple to purify themselves in the sacred water. Today, even visitors from outside Bali take part in this ancient ritual which has virtually remained unchanged. Tirtha Empul is located in the village of Tampak Siring, about 45 min from Ubud.

The most prominent feature of this temple are the 2 rectangular pools outside the main temple complex. Water from the Holy Spring is fed through carved stone sprouts into these pools. After praying and making the requisite offering in the temple, the worshippers will climb into these pools to purify themselves.


The concept and design of these pools are probably the most influential in terms of “Balinese Design”. The same concept can be seen in countless modern interpretations of Balinese architetcure.

Prayers and offerings are made before entering the pools.


The main temple complex is quite big and consists of many temple structures and pavilions.


Regular prayers are held here, including blessings from the holy man.



The pond inside the main temple complex which contains the holy spring.


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