Pura Tirta Empul is in Bali central part Tampaksiting district. It is ruins Warmadewa dynasty that prosper from the 10th century to the 14th century. Pura Tirta Empul enshrines the Vishnu. Vishnu is the three representative gods of Balinese Hinduism, and it is a god who rules water. And, it is a god who is more high-level than the god Indra who rules rain. There is a legend by Indra in this temple. "The fight of gods and Beelzebub Mayadenawa continued. The Beelzebub threw the poison into the river one day. And, the gods died one after another drinking the water of the river. Indra who had survived only beat the earth with the cane, and, amrita "Amerta" sprang up. And, gods revived, and defeated the Beelzebub." It is said that this amrita "Amerta" is a holy fountain in Pura Tirta Empul. Tirta means "The holy water" in Indonesian language. Pura Tirta Empul is an important temple for the Bali people who believe in Balinese Hinduism as a temple where holy water springs. Holy water still springs up in a big rectangular pond. Holy water springs while rolling up sand and small stone, and a very beautiful pond. It is believed that there is power to cure the sickness in this holy water. Moreover, it is said that there is a person who revives by this holy water. A lot of people are visiting for holy water that being to spring from the wall covered with the moss. This holy water is pulled to the having a bath place in the temple. The having a bath place that purifies the mind and body, dips the holy water used when offering the invocation, and is very important.
Transparent holy water becomes emerald color because the production of the alga. And, a green leaf of the coconut reflects in the surface of the water. As a result, holy water looks more mysterious.
Local people had a bath in this place every day and had purified oneself. However, it is almost uninhabited because the tourist without reservation takes the photograph now. Having a bath in the temple is very important because it offers the invocation, and it purifies oneself for Balinese Hinduism. This is very regrettable.
In the hill in which it looks down at the temple that is to be near, there is a villa that the late Sukarno who was former president built. The building is a rest house of the government now.
Access; From the airport for 1 hour 30 minute by car.
Open time; 8:00-17:00
Admission fee; Rp. 6,000
Breechcloth and the string (Srendan) for the visit to a shrine are necessary.