Pura Tirta Empul - Holy Water Temple Bali.
When you are visiting Bali and if you´re interested in our religion and the faboulus temples we have on Bali, then you need to put the Pura Tirta Empul Temple on your list. Read my full guide with simple tips to the most magical, and refreshing, temple in Bali: Tirta Empul.
Built in 962 AD, Pura Tirta Empul is famous for its holy spring water that emerges from a deep underground source and fills its pools. Many visitors, both local and foreign, come to Tirta Empul Bali to bathe in the purifying waters of these pools and cleanse themselves under the sculptured spouts that shoot water into the pool. Tirta Empul Temple is very important in Balinese culture, which is why the presidential palace, built in 1957 under the orders of President Soekarno, overlooks it.
The legend behind Tirta Empul water temple tells the story of a magical king named Mayadenawa, who was very wicked. The Hindu god Indra decided to end Mayadenawa’s evil ways, and as the armies between the two forces clashed, Mayadenawa was forced to flee. As Indra pursued the king, Mayadenawa conjured a poisoned spring. Indra’s men drank from the spring and succumbed to the poison, so Indra thrust his staff into the earth and created a purifying spring that cured his men. The purifying spring became known as Tirta Empul, or “holy water spring”, and a Bali Hindu temple was built there to honour the god of water, Vishnu.
The temple is made up of three main sections: the outer courtyard (Jaba Pura) which houses a large open air pavilion, the central courtyard (Jaba Tengah) where you will find the famous pools, and the inner courtyard (Jeroan) which is a quiet place to reflect and pray after visiting the pools. Near the exit to the temple you will also find a large pond with many koi fish. This Balinese temple is very large and it can take a while to see it all. The temple is open between 9am – 5pm and entry costs IDR 15,000.