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The water temples of Tirtha Empul

For over 1000 years, Balinese people have been coming to Tirtha Empul – Temple of Holy Water – near the village of Tampak Siring. Legend goes that the god Indra created a spring here to help his troops who’d been poisoned by Mayadanawa, piercing the ground with a spear to make a fountain of immortality. The temples were built here in 926 AD and since then worshipers have been coming to bathe in the sacred waters. People travel from across Bali to worship here and on festival days it’s packed full. You start by making an offering at the temple, then climb into the main pool, which is filled from the spring by 15 fountains, each with a different function – from cleansing evil spirits to being an antidote to poison.

Tirtha Empul in Bali
Tirtha Empul in Bali
Tirtha Empul in Bali
Tirtha Empul in Bali

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    March 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    […] more about Balinese life and take day trips out to Mount Batur and the temples of Gunung Kawi and Tirtha Empul, as well as exploring Ubud […]

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    Kathryn
    March 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Stunning photos Lucy! I’m very envious. 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Kat, Bali’s so full of stunning temples and scenery, it’s a great place to take photos

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    restlessjo
    March 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Such memories you have Lucy! These are gorgeous.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Jo, have to admit that going through all my Bali photos is making me restless myself – must be time to start planning the next trip!

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    Marcia Clarke
    March 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Great looking pictures, I want to go there. Oh well, I guess it is one more item to be added to the ever growing bucket list!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks – and hope you manage to make it out there one day!

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    Neha Sharma
    May 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Love the photos you took and shared and I’ve heard about Tirta Empul Temple in Indonesia.

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      Lucy
      May 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, it really is a stunning place.

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