Purification ritual at Pura Tirtha Empul

Purification ritual at Pura Tirtha Empul

Purification ritual at Pura Tirtha Empul. Before we talk about the ritual, do you know where the Pura Tirtha Empul is ?. A cleansing ritual with holy water at Tirtha Empul? How is the history of Pura Tirtha Empul and the function of Pura Tirtha Empul ?. What are the archaeological remains in this temple?. In this blog, the first time I will discuss the history of Pura Tirtha Empul

Tirtha Empul Temple

When we hear Pura Tirtha Empul, we will call Tampaksiring. The history of Tirtha Empul is not separated from Tampaksiring village, so people are more familiar with Pura Tirtha Empul as Tampaksiring Temple. Pura Tirtha Empul itself is located in the village of Manukaya, District Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency. It takes approximately 1.5 hours from Denpasar City. The name of Pura Tirta Empul is taken from the word “Tirtha ri air hampul” contained in an inscription, which is stored in Sakenan Temple of Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring. The word “Tirtha ri water hampul” means Patirthan (the holy water) whose water comes out of the holy spring. The making and arrangement of this temple was done in 882 caka (Bali calendar) or 960 AD, which at that time Bali under the period of Warmadewa dynasty with its king named Cri Indrajaya Singha Warmadewa.

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Community function and mythology about Tirtha Empul

Tirtha Empul temple itself is a temple to worship Indra God who created the holy water of Tirtha Empul. Dewa Indra in Hindu mythology is as the God of War as well as the God of Rain. In the legendary story of the community around Tampaksiring, in ancient times, a kingdom near Tampaksiring named Bedahulu was led by a king known as the name Mayadenawa. King Mayadenawa ruled arbitrarily to his people, who always assumed he was a god. At that time, society was forbidden to worship God in all its manifestations, because he considered himself to be God for his people. Many people are made very uneasy with his leadership. Many people got sick because King Mayadenawa made many sources of food and drink on the farms experiencing drought. The bad nature of King Mayadenawa was heard by Lord Indra (God of War), who then came with his troops to stop all the crimes of Mayadenawa. There was a great battle between Mayadenawa and Indra. Before Mayadenawa died, he made a poisonous spring that poisoned the troops from the god Indra. Indra God knows about it, because saw many of his troops who died from drinking water from the spring Mayadenawa. Dewa Indra created a holy spring that serves to heal all his troops. The spring was later known as Tirtha Empul.

Some archaeological relics in Pura Tirta Empul.


In Pura Tirtha Empul there are many historical relics. Here is one of the relics:

1. Lingga Yoni.
Lingga Yoni is a symbol of the worship of Lord Shiva with the sanction of Dewi Parwati to beg for fertility in agriculture.

2. Lion Arca
In Hindu mithology, the lion is the vehicle of Goddess Durga when he chases his enemy, the Giant Raktawija. Because he was driving a lion, he was also called the Lion Goddess Wahini.

3. Tepasana
Tepasana as a place of worship of God Indra. Tepasana contains a series of reliefs called Candrasangkala / kronogram consisting of: the Sun is worth 1, the elephant is worth 8, the dragon is worth 8, and the temple is worth 9. When assembled into 1889 caka (Bali calendar) or in 1967 which is the year where the first Tepasana restored.

Purification ritual at Pura Tirtha Empul

In Pura Tirtha Empul there are holy water fountains that are sourced from holy springs located in the inner courtyard of the temple. This shower has a function for mind-cleansing of body and mind. Here I describe some of these showers:

a. A group of 5 showers in which there is a place of worship for Bathari Gangga, the water in the shower is used for a ceremony called the God of Yadnya.
b. A group of 8 showerheads that serves to eliminate or reliably treat various diseases and also relate to oaths.
c. A group of 13 showers that serve the melting of various types of sin, as well as holy water purification called Tirtha holy cleansing for the spirits of the dead. No 13 shower from east for cleansing of Ida Betara Bayung Gede.

Of all that, those who believe in the holy water in Pura Tirtha Empul will bring about a change in their lives. Many people queue just to be able to perform this ritual. Pura Tirtha Empul also can not be separated from the spotlight of the tourists who want to perform Hindu rituals by doing the same cleaning as the Hindu in Bali. This ritual tour can also be done as a spiritual tour that is loved by foreign tourists now. At Bali Travel Expert, we invite you to get a spiritual tour in Ubud Spiritual Journey that will make your experience grow in Hinduism in Bali.