Tirta Empul Water Spring Temple in Tampak Siring
Tampak Siring is a holy spring water temple as one the site of the Tampak Siring Presidential Palace. The palace was built between 1957-1960 at the initiation of President Soekarno. Tampak Siring is a town in central Bali, Indonesia. It is the home to the Gunung Kawi Temple. In the past, Tampak Siring is one of the governance center in Bali during the kingdom period.
Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Temple located in a valley between two hills with big springs and sacred by the local residents as a place to melt all the bad influences in the body and purifies the soul and mind. Tirtha Empul Temple or better known as Tampak Siring Temple or Holy Water Temple is a place to purify our self from the bad influences in life where we can discover the traditional showers sourced from the springs at this temple. The water that comes out from the shower is believed to eliminate all kind of diseases including adverse effect in the human life and give the new holy spirits. This place is very famous in Bali and many visited by local people and tourists every day since it has been appointed as one of the tourist destinations in Bali.
HISTORY OF TAMPAK SIRING OR TIRTA EMPUL
The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. According to the history, this water source is arranged and sanctified by King Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name Tirta Ri Air Hampul. The data is loaded in the inscription that is located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, in Tirta Empul Temple is also found the archaeology omission like Colossus Yoni, Arca Lion, Tepasana and Tirta Empul pool. According to papyrus of Usana Bali narrated that Tirta Empul is created by Bhatara Indra (Sun Deity) when bearing arms against the king where his palace is located at Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can goes missing or show suddenly, therefore he is named by Mayadenawa. Because of its miracle, he becomes the arrogance and expressing himself as a god. The Mayadenawa King owns an assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the gold) so that is natural disaster, diseases epidemic, agriculture fail often happened and finally the miserable society life. Finally Bhatara Indra gives the battle against the king that happened in Tampak Siring and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which make the team of Bhatara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bhatara Indra stick the weapon of Umbul-umbul and finally the water is emerging so that called by Tirta Empul and then it is passed to the dead and faint soldier that made tham back to live. Therefore at the moment this pool water is sanctified by the Hindu society in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various of diseases, hence every day this place is a lot of visited by Hindu people to do the ritual and sanctify themselves. This place has been opened for public and as a famous tourist destination in Bali.
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