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Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple), Bali, Indonesia – part 3 of 3

By on September 2, 2015 in Indonesia

Now, as I said in the post post of this series of three on Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple), there were very strict rules to enter the temple complex, and one of them, and this is something that I have never encountered before, was that I had to wear an orange sash. Why? The sashes were free, with an optional donation, and after visiting the temple and returning the sash I didn’t mind giving over some money.

If you were wearing shorts, that is your legs weren’t covered, then there were free sarongs that could be borrowed – and I must admit that some of my fellow travellers looked most fetching in their sarongs….

I can just see the following lads striding down the high street of their home towns dressed like this on a Saturday night…

Nice colours guys!

Scattered around the temple were small offerings that had been by the worshippers.

But the thing I had come to Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) – or the Water Temple – to see were the bathing pools….

The number of offerings stacked on the sides were amazing….

Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) is a working temple. Not only are there the bathing pools but there were also a number of other religious ceremonies going on when I visited…

There were some people carrying with food on their heads which they were selling – whether or not for eating or to give as an offering I am unsure…

Whilst I was at Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) some fairly major looking religious parade arrived…

And the band was loud….

Having spent a couple of hours in the temple I decided it was time to leave so I followed the signs to the exit which immediately took me in to a labyrinth of small shops selling gifts for the tourists. As I rushed through the area, head down, avoiding eye contact with the stall holders, all I could hear were cries of ‘only one dollar’.

I really enjoyed my visit to Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) as it was a true living place. The other temples I had visited in Bali, although very nice, felt dead as there was no obvious sign of any worship going on, however, at Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) it was evident as shown by the bathers in pools, all the offerings, the people in prayer and the religious parade I witnessed.

if you only have time to visit one tempe in Bali then make it the Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple).

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