The most popular holy spring in Bali, Pura Tirta Empul has been around for more than 1,000 years. Tourists from all over the world flock to this temple with its holy water pool to bathe in addition to many local visitors from all over Bali who come for purification ritual. This temple is located northeast of Ubud precisely in Tampaksiring Village, not far from Gunung Kawi Royal Tomb Temple.
The beautiful Tirta Empul bathing pool makes it a popular choice for photographers and anyone interested in Balinese Hindu spirituality. This holy springs must be treated with respect. Visitors who come without reasonable clothing are not allowed to enter the temple area, sarongs are available at a modest cost. All visitors must wear upper clothing that covers their shoulders. The Balinese Hindus also prohibits menstrual women from entering temples anywhere in Bali. Visitors are expected to respect these requirements.
Tirta Empul Temple is located about 15 kilometers northeast of Ubud in Tampaksiring Village. Balinese Hindu temples generally hold ceremonies on full moon, new months and other good days which are calculated based on the complicated Balinese calendar. On these sacred days and on important holidays such as Galungan and Kuningan, Pura Tirta Empul becomes very busy. Visitors can visit this temple any day, coming early may be better when the holy water pool is still empty of visitors, especially during holy days as mentioned above.
The legend associated with the founding of Pura Tirta Empul tells us that when Dewa Indra fought with the demon king Mayadanawa, Dewa Indra made a concoction of life from the land in Tirta Empul. Thus Tirta Empul which is one of the many holy water temples in Bali is sacred to Balinese people. Water flowing from the holy water pool in Tirta Empul is also an important part of the Bali subak irrigation system and this site is also a UNESCO World Heritage.