31 August, 2008

Bali Trip Day 1 : Holy Spring Temple

Oh My Gawd!!!! I can't believe I just received Rony's email again this evening at 5.30 P.M. then the next 2 hours received a surprise call from him again. (But too bad the line is not quite well for today, I'm hardly to hear his voice through the phone. Maybe due to it was an international call, and the weather now kind of cloudy, so there's a slightly interruption.)

But, on and off we did chat for a while. He was touring a newly married couple from Malaysia who were having their honeymoon in Bali. Glad to hear that he was enjoyed touring this lovely couple from Malaysia. And due to previous experience, he managed to share and communicate more better with the couple. Good job!!! Keep it up, Rony!!

Ok, as my little friend from Bali - Rony touring for real. I, myself will be touring you guys through my blog. Today we will be visiting The Holy Spring Temple. So buckle up your seat belt. The journey of "The Holy Spring Temple" yet to begin.

According to the local tour guide tells us, there is a lies a holy spring welling up the ground which is believe that can keep you young.

Here are some shots before entering the temple.

Since everybody heard that the spring water will keep them look younger, so everybody rushing to wash their face with the spring water.

Before entering the temple, there's a rules that we must follow, we can't wear short pants or else we need to cover ourself with a piece of "Sarong". And everyone who entered into the temple area must tied themselves a yellow ribbon as well around their waist.

Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency and it is about 39 km eastwards from Denpasar town. It is set in the dale and encircled by the hill. In the west side of this temple, there is an Indonesian President palace which has been found by the first president. The name of Tirta Empul is loaded in a inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, Sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. In this inscription, the Tirta Empul is named by the Tirta Ri Air Hampul and then the name has changed into Tirta Hampul and finally become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri air hampul is meaning the water emerge or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land.

Besides, seeing the nice temples, holy spring water. We also get to see beautiful pond with fishy inside of it.

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, that, that this water source is arranged and sanctified by king Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name with 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 in Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can lose 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 the assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the god) so that is often happened the natural disaster, disease epidemic, agriculture fail and finally miserable life society. Finally Betara Indra (one of Hindu God) gives battle against the kings that happened in Tampak Siring and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which can the team of Bathara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bathara 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 them 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 them self . This place has been opened for public and as a famous tourist destination in Bali.

Just before leaving The Holy Spring Temple, I managed to snap my final shots one of the statue of the place.

Getting bored of seeing the temples, sceneries??? What about we change another activity - Going for shopping a bit!!! As we will be visiting the Ubud Market which selling a huge variety of souveniers, slippers, handcrafts. Guarantee will make your purse a "BIG HOLE". Heh!! Heh!!

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