In addition to a variety of natural attractions, Bali has many relics of the temple that is created from the result of a thought, taste, and creativity of their predecessors. Bali is known as the island where it is supported by the many temples in the region. One of the quite famous temples in Bali is Pura Tirta Empul that is located in the district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar Bali. This temple is one of the historic places because one of the buildings in the area of the temple is a building of the Presidential Palace during the reign of Sukarno.
Of course, this region has its own history behind the name owned. Tampaksiring Pura in the region was taken from the name of the water in the inner temple called Tirta Empul. In terms of language, Tirta Empul has a meaning as water spilled out of the ground. The water in the temple flows into Pakerisan River. The temple could have been built since the time of King Chandra Warmadewa from Bhayasingha Dynasty. Building temple in Tampaksiring region is divided into three parts, namely Nisata mandala that is the outermost part of the temple, Madya mandala is a central part of the temple, and the Main mandala that is the main part of the temple is also called as the Viscera.
At the center of the temple, there are two rectangular pools lined with 30 showerheads from east to west and facing south. Swimming at Pura Tirta Empul is more akin to hot water pool Banjar in Buleleng. What distinguishes them is the form of a shower at the pool where the pool is heated using a banjo-shaped fountains dragon's head, while the showers at the pool Tampaksiring more similar to a seashell. According to tradition surrounding communities, each of the showerheads has its own name as Pengelukatan, Pebersihan, Sudamala, and cetik. The visitors were apparently allowed to participate purify themselves in the shower tub with a condition that they must use the 'parchment' is a cloth tied around the waist so it would look more like long skirts. Traditional clothing is usually also frequently used by Hindus as he entered the yard of a temple.
Water flowing in the shower was so cold and refreshing because it comes from ground water sources. Although the area of the temple is a place of worship for Hindus, for the non-Hindu visitors, the temple area could be one way to feel the spiritual aura. In addition, with peaceful atmosphere, the temple area could also bring tranquility and peace itself. Of course, for Hindus, the sacred temple area is into a highly purified. The temple area will be more crowded by Hindus at the feast. The tourists who come to the temple are also willing to stand in line to be able to feel the fresh water from the fountain of the hallowed ground.
After knowing the history as well as some information about the sacred area of the temple in Tampaksiring, you may also be curious to visit there. The area of Pura Tirta Empul is in Manukaya village Tampaksiring Gianyar Bali. To go to that location, you can travel a distance of about 36 km from the city of Denpasar takes about an hour.