Tirta Empul Temple

Purification temple

Of the many temples in Bali, Tirta Empul Temple is the temple that is visited by many tourists every day. The water fountain located in the middle of the temple which is used as a place of spiritual purification become the biggest attraction of this temple.

Tirta Empul Temple is located in Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar. Surrounded by lots of trees and located on a plateau, the water sources in this area are clear as crystal.

Tirta Empul Temple was built around a large spring in 962 AD during the Warmadewa dynasty by king Sri Candrabhayasingha Warmadewa (from the 10th to the 14th century). The name of the temple comes from the spring which is called “Tirta Empul”. The spring comes from the Pakerisan river.

The temple is divided into 3 parts; Jaba Pura (front area), Jaba Tengah (middle area) and Jeroan (main area). Middle area consists of 2 pools with 30 cascades which are used for Pengelukat (cleansing), Sudamala and Pancuran Cetik (poison).

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the left side of the temple there is a modern villa building on a hill called the Tampaksiring Palace, built for President Sukarno’s visit to Bali in 1954, which is now used as a resting place for important state guests.

Important information for visitors ;

1. Before entering the temple area, you are required to wear the sarong and scarf that have been provided.
2. Follow the procedures for visiting holy places, including not making noise, smoking and respecting the boundaries that visitors can access.
3. Especially for visitors who want to purify themselves in the pool, it is recommended to rent a special sarong which is also provided.4. For further information, please click  Contact

Please also visit our blog if you want to know what, why and how the purification in Bali. Click  Bali Purification Ceremony

Procedures for dressing before entering a holy place or temple;
1. Sarong and shawl are required. The sarong must cover the knee or below the knee
2. Wear a top/shirt that covers the shoulders
3. Tie up your hair for those with long hair