Sanctified by the presence of gods, the Tirta Empul Temple is an important site from where history and legend spin the most amazing stories. Water gushes from many parts of the temple and it is amidst fragrant offerings that many, who ail, unburden themselves. Located in Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia the temple is visited by believers and non- believers alike. This town in Central Bali is unconventional, yet you can abide by the conventions by staying at Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali. It is quite some distance from the Tirta Empul Temple, as the hotel is located in South Kuta. Yet, who would disagree to a bit of travelling? After all, you have chosen to stay at a premium resort among many Bali family resorts. The comforts made available at the resort will make you look forward to the trip.
Life- giving waters is what legend calls it! It is a tale of wonderment, as god Indra pierced the earth in order to create a spring that would revive his forces that had been poisoned by Mayadanawa. It certainly seems to grant a healthier life to all those who believe. History however, inscribes a date to the foundation of the temple. 962 A.D is set in stone as the year of its construction. While, legend and history seem to clash, you could still be fascinated by the stories of the temple’s foundation.
Commence the rituals by worshipping at the temple. Shrines have been constructed for the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Braham, Mt. Batur and Indra. Once you make your offerings to the gods, it is customary that you walk into the long rectangular pond. Once, in the waters it is believed that you will be cleansed of all ills. Twelve fountains continuously feed the pond ensuring that the waters are renewed constantly.
Clutching onto your basket of offerings and feeling the rejuvenation offered by the holy waters, your visit to Bali will gain new meaning.
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