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A Guide to Cleansing Your Soul at Tirta Empul

I have always wanted to bathe in the holy waters of Tirta Empul and I finally did during this visit to Ubud. I wanted to make sure that I was doing it right and got a local to guide us throught the ritual. If you’re intending to bathe in the holy waters of Tirta Empul, I’ve put together a guide to take you through the ritual based on the advice given by the local guide at the temple and my own experience.Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is one of the largest water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of preservation who is associated with water. The holy water comes from the earth and mountain near by and feeds the purification baths, pools and fish ponds around the temple. Pilgrims from around Bali, Indonesia and the world come here as it is believed that the water from this temple will help to cleanse your body physically and spiritually. But before you enter the temple, strictly observe the following.

  • Dress respectfully. Sarongs are provided at the entrance.
  • Do not wet the sarongs that are provided at the entrance.
  • You will have to rent the bathing sarong (green wrap with red sash) inside the temple.
  • Lockers also come with rental of bathing sarong to keep your belongings.
  • Do not wear foot wear when entering the bathing pools.
  • Tie your hair up if your hair is long.
  • Do not climb on the walls in the Holy Temple.
  • Women during their period are prohibited to enter the temple.

The temple is divided into three sections: Jaba Pura (front yard), Jaba Tengah (central yard) and Jeroan (inner yard). Jaba Tengah contains 2 pools with 30 water sprouts and is where the bathing ritual takes place.

Jaba Tengah (Pool 1)

  1. Start from the first sprout from the left of Pool 1.
  2. Remove bad thoughts and say a prayer.
  3. Take the water from the sprout in your hands, put it in your mouth and spit out. Repeat 3 times.
  4. Put your entire head under the sprout.
  5. Move to the next sprout.
  6. Repeat this cycle.

Note: Take note to avoid Sprout 11 and 12 from the left in Pool 1 as they are used for funeral rites.

Jaba Tengah (Pool 2)

  1. Start from the first sprout from the right of Pool 2.
  2. Remove bad thoughts and say a prayer.
  3. Take the water from the sprout in your hands, put it in your mouth and spit out. Repeat 3 times.
  4. Put your entire head under the sprout.
  5. Move to the next sprout.
  6. Repeat this cycle.

Note: Take note to avoid Sprout 3 from the right in Pool 2 as they are used for funeral rites.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to get the full experience especially together with the hubby. The water really was refreshing, it felt amazing and my mind felt clearer after the bath. This is truly one of the highlights of my trip and I would highly recommend you try it during your next visit in Ubud.Address:
Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring 80552, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Opening Hours: 0900 – 1700
Entrance Fee: 30,000 IDR

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