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TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE

Tirta Empul Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, in Gianyar, 40 km from Denpasar. This holy place is said to have holy power and is a place for pilgrimage. 
 
 
This temple was built in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty, at this site that had a large water spring. The temple was named after the ground water source; "Tirta Empul" which literally translates into holy spring. 
 
 
Like most Balinese temple, this temple is also divided into three sections being Jaba Pura  or front yard, Jaba Tengah or central yard dan Jeroan which is the inner yard. There are 2 pools with 30 showers in the Jaba Tengah, each known to stream healing water. 
 
 
Sukarno used to stay in the palace during his visits in Bali. Rumor has it that Sukarno built the palace close to the Balinese Fountain of Eternal Youth to indefinitely prolong his "President-for-Life" status. 
 
 
Suharto also used the palace as a residence. From the palace there is a great view over Tirta Empul. According to rumors Sukarno himself used a telescope to check out naked women taking a bath in the holy water.

As you’ve already guessed, it is almost impossible to visit all the temples of Bali at once. So if you lack time and need a short list, Kehen should be on it! North of Bengali, about 45 km away from Denpasar, Pura Kehen is one of the most refined temples in Bali, set in a beautiful forest. Pura Kehen is a stunning testimony of 11th ...

Built in the 18th century, Pura Sadha Kapal is a dynastic sanctuary for the Mengwi Royal family. Destroyed by an Earthquake in 1917, it was restored in the 1950’s. The Pura Sada is dedicated to the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Pura Sadha Kapal is a beautiful red brick temple, with its famous carved and decorated Candi Betar ...

Ulun Danu Temple - Beratan Bedugul Lake

The crater lake 'floating' temple of bali dates back to the late 1663 and is situated on the edge of lake Bratan in Bedugal. This water temple used for worshipping the Hindu trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva and Dewi Danu the water goddess of Balinese Hindu's, lies  just north of Bali where the weather is cold and the villas have ...

GOA GAJAH

2 km South-East from Ubud, Goa Gajah, “the elephant cave”, is a sacred Hindu sanctuary from the 9th century. It was first mentioned in the 1365 Javanese poem called Desawarnana. The Elephant Cave itself is a large gaping mouth surrounded by demons carved in stone, symbolizing the entrance to another reality. According to ...

Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, which is also known as the Royal Temple of Mengwi. It is one of the most known and important temples on the island. This temple complex displays incredible traditional architectural features, made even more charming by the extensive garden landscapes and ponds. ...

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