Women taking taking a ceremonial bath at Tirta Empul - The Holy Springs
Located in Tampak Siring is the Temple Tirta Empul where its pond is believed to cure sickness. Tirta empul means water that comes from the earth naturally. And until this day Balinese still believe the miraculous healing powers of the water and therefore bath in it. According to Usana Bali, an ancient Balinese manuscript, there was once an evil king named Maya Denawa who did not believe in god, and objected to the people worshipping gods. The gods sent a punishment in the form of the warriors of Bhatara Indra, who arrived to attack Maya Denawa and overthrow him. However, Maya Denawa poisoned the warriors and they lay dead. Seeing this, the Hindu God Indra pierced the earth to create a spring called Amerta. When the water was sprinkled over the dead warriors, they became alive again. This water source is believed to be Tirta Empul - the source of life and prosperity to this day. The temple inscriptions mention that Tirta Empul was constructed in 960 AD, when the king Chandrabhaya Singha Warmadewa ordered its construction. During a festival or ceremony you can see many people bathing in the ponds that has seven pancuran. It is believed that the sacred spring water not only can cure sickness but can also purify sins.