Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple located in Manukaya, Tampaksiring subdistrict and Gianyar regency. Famous for holy water for Hindus self purification.
It is said that King Mayadenawa acted arbitrarily and did not allow the people to carry out religious ceremonies to beg for salvation from the gods. After the deed was known by the gods. Then the gods are headed by Bhatara Indra attack King Mayadenawa. Mayadenawa lost and fled to the north of Tampaksiring village.
With his magic he can created poisoned springs, causing the army of Bhatara Indra who chased him to death by drinking the water. In this case Bhatara Indra immediately drove his spear so that water came out of the ground which is now called Tirta Empul. This holy water is used to sprinkle the gods and then the army of Bhatara Indra could live as before.
Tirta Empul temple built around a spring in 962 M during the Warmadewa dynasty by the king Sri Chandrabhayasingha Warmadewa from the 10th – 14th centuries. The name of this temple comes from the name of the spring called “ Tirta Empul “.
The spring comes from the Pakerisan river. This temple is divided into 3 parts namely Jaba Pura or front yard, Jaba Tengah or middle yard, Jeroan or Top Yard. Middle yard consist of 2 ponds with 30 showers which is named as follows Purification, cleasing and Sudamala and shower Cetik “ poison ”
This temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, the name of the Hindu deity for the highest awareness of Narayana. On the left side there is a villa building on a hill called Tampak Siring Palace. Built for president Sukarno visit to Bali in 1954. It is now used as a place of rest for important state guests.
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