We started around 10.30 and reached Tirta Empul temple in half an hour. As expected it was a beautiful temple with holy spring. This spring is having continuous sweet water eruption so it is said to be a Holy spring. There is a ritual carried out here where people go in a Kund where spring water is directed from holy spring to seek blessings.
Pura in Balinese means Temple and Tirta are water-type temples so Pura Tirta Empul is a holy spring water temple around 6 km from the Tegallalang Rice Terrace and is famous for its Hindu ritual purification bath. There were 2 pools with 30 showers and many fish in the holy water. We had to wear traditional attire to bathe in the pool. I saw people go to the showers and collect water in small containers just like we collect Gangajal. Like most of Balinese temples, tourists were not allowed to go inside and pray at the main complex. There was a market outside the temple complex where I got lost and had to wait for my friends in the parking lot.
The next destination to be toured on the Kintamani mountain excursion is The Tirta Empul Water Temple Bali, Tirta Empul temple (Indonesian: Pura Tirta Empul) is a Hindu Balinese water temple positioned around the area of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The temple yard contains showering structure, famous for the holy spring water, where Balinese Hindu people go to visit for ritual purifying. The temple pool consists of a spring which supplies out clean and fresh water continuously. Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.
After lunch head to the Tirta Empul, the holy spring temple. Wear the traditional attire if you wish to take a dip in the water.
The Tirta Empul Temple holds a very prominent place in the lives of the Balinese. The water from its springs are believed to cure diseases and deliver men and women from the sins of this life. Important rituals related to birth and death are observed in its ponds, giving it the name – Ganges of Bali.