Jan 4, 2012

Pura Tirta Empul in Bali, Indonesia

Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul

via: Shenghung Lin

Pura Tirta Empul is one of Bali’s most important Hindu temple’s, and one of it’s most magnificent visual and spiritual experiences. Located in central Bali in the village of Manukaya, this 1,000 year old monument is built around, and fed by a spring which serves up holy water year-round. Towering statues, structures, and manicured landscapes provide for a remarkable visual experience. For many visitors, a spiritual experience awaits. A destination for Hindu followers, on any given day you can find Hindu’s and non-Hindu’s utilizing the Tirta Empul’s pools for ritual worship and cleansing.

Tirta Empul is divided into three courtyards. The rear of the complex hosts shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Mt. Batur and Indra, while the middle courtyard contains the bathing pools. Take a dip in the holy water (it couldn’t hurt!), and partake in the drinking and collecting of crystal-clear spring water. Sarongs can be rented for a reasonable fee. The temple offers changing rooms and lockers for those who wish to partake. For less kinesthetically inclined visitors, the majestic scenery, legendary history, and mythical significance of Tirta Empul make for a fantastic day trip.

Pura Tirta Empul in Bali

via: Shenghung Lin

Tirta Empul is flanked by the Tampaksiring Palace, one of three Indonesian presidential palaces. Built in 1963 for residential and retreat purposes, the palace is now a popular tourist destination, and is used by the current president for hosting guests and conducting conferences. The closest city to Tirta Empul and Tampaksiring Palace is Ubud. Depending on the time of day, you can expect a roughly one-hour cab ride from some of Ubud’s most popular hotels and resorts. Your best bet for nearby accomodations are Lumbung Sari Cottages, Villa Sati, Abing Terrace, and the highly recommended Alam Ubud Culture Villas & Residences.

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Preserve the experience by exiting the temple the same way you came in, do not follow the signs guiding you to the tourist exit. A marketplace of crafty (ok, pushy) entrepreneurs await you at the temple exit, which extends into the parking lot can often. Many visitors find that the serenity of an early-morning visit to Tirta Empul can be a rejuvenating and restorative experience.
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