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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.

Pura Lingsar is a historical site that tells lots of stories about the Sasak tribe, the indigenous people of the island of Lombok - West Nusa Tenggara and their spiritual journey as a tribe since centuries ago. This temple complex was built in 1714 and is one of the holiest places for the Hindus in Lombok. Unlike most temples, this unique ...

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 ...

Pura Batu Bolong

The small pagodas of the modest Balinese temple Pura Batu Bolong are perched at the end of a rocky volcanic promontory that leaps seaward into the Indian Ocean and is a family favorite spot to watch the sunset. The name comes from the rock underneath the temple pierced with a natural hole, Batu Bolong, literally means 'rock with ...

Meru Temple is the biggest temple on the island of Lombok. This temple is known for its history as well as beautiful architecture, and is located in the area of Cakranegara district, in the central area of Mataram, which is also the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. Lombok is indeed known as the island of thousands mosques, given the fact ...

TIRTA GANGGA

Somewhere in the beautiful east side of Bali, just 15 minutes away from the calm and friendly capital of Karangasem regency named Amlapura, there is a jewel of cross-culturally influenced architecture to be found. This particular gem is a water palace called Tirta Gangga. Built in 1948 by the last Karangasem Raja, the Water palace ...

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