Visit to Tirta Empul “Holy water Temple” Tampak Siring,Ubud
Tirta Empul temple (Indonesian: Pura Tirta Empul) is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be holy or amritha.Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.
Pura Tirta Empul was built in 962 AD during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to the 14th century), in a large spring.On the left side of the temple contains a modern villa on a hill, Created for President Sukarno’s visit in 1954, which is now called a retreat for important guests.
History Of Tirta Empul Temple
Narrated in Bali Lontar Usana that Tirta Empul or Tirta Ri Air Hampul was created by Bhatara Indra when he was at war with the king of Mayanadenawa from Bedahulu, the king was very powerful and had the ability to disappear. Because of his supernatural power, Mayanadenawa is considered himself God, for that reason, Bhatara Indra fought it. The battle that took place in the area, Mayanadenawa and his troops were pressed, then they walked with their feet, the battle was then called Tampaksiring.
In a state of urgency, Mayanadenawa created a poisonous spring (Yeh Cetik) to destroy Bhatara Indra’s forces. It turned out that the tactic was successful, because of fatigue due to constant warfare, finally many Bhatara Indra troops drank Yeh Cetik. Not a few Bhatara Indra troops were poisoned by drinking the poisonous water. As a result of the cunning tactics, the strength of the Bhatara Indra forces decreased a lot. To deal with the problem, Bhatara Indra then implements weapons in the form of banners to the ground. Immediately a spring appeared that enveloped the top of the gun’s puncture marks. After drinking the spring, the Bhatara Indra forces can recover as usual. Centuries later the spring was laid out and refined into a water park by the king of Indrajaya Sigha Warmadewa in 882 çaka and was given the name “Tirta Ri Air Hampul” or “Tirta Empul” which means the steaming Pathirtaan.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
Tirta Empul is located close to the town of Tampaksiring in the village of Manukaya. The village is a 30-minute drive to the north of Ubud. Tirta Empul is clearly signposted from the town of Tampaksiring. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said if you are coming cross-country from the village of Sebatu.
The entrance to Tirta Empul is set away from the main road. There’s a large car park in the front of the temple, which is always full of tour buses and cars. You will need to put on a sarong before you can enter the temple. You can rent a sarong for a small donation at the entrance to the temple.
Like many of the temples around Ubud, Tirta Empul is open seven days a week. The opening hours for the temple are between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The entrance fee is Rp 15,000 for an adult and Rp 7,500 for a child.
As with any Bali temple tour or a visit to a holy place, it is always important to dress respectfully. The simple Balinese temple visitor dress code is a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body plus a sash around the waist. Women during their periods are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site, and may enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters only. It is tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself; however the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. You might want to consult your guide who may ask a temple authority for further details. Far at the front of the temple complex is a large parking area with its eastern side lined with art markets and rows of shops selling various curios and souvenirs. There are also several warungs or food stalls selling local food, snacks and refreshments.
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