a Sacred Bali Holy Water Temple – Tampak Siring Bali or Tirta Empul

Tampak Siring Bali or Bali Holy Water Temple is a holy water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar Regency. Furthermore, the location of Tampak Siring in the dale with the green hill surrounding it. Meanwhile, there is an Indonesian President’s palace founded by the first president in the west of this temple. The name of Tirta Empul Temple is loaded in an inscription kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, Sub district of Tampak Siring. It is about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. Finally, it become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri Air Hampul is meaning the water emerges or the holy pool (Petirthan) as well as the water emerges from the land.

History of Tampak Siring or Tirta Empul Temple

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Purification at Tampak Siring Temple

Firstly, the wellspring emerges from the land is believed the infinite creation. According to the history, 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 has loaded in the inscription located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, it has been also found the archaeology omission such as 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/Indra God).

In this story mentions that Indra God bearing arms against a miraculous king where his palace located in Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king that 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.

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Tampak Siring Entrance Gate

The Mayadenawa King owns the assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. He prohibit the people doing Yadnya (praying to the god). The effect of this instruction, the region conditions have changed into bad influence. It effect the natural disaster, disease epidemic, agriculture fail and finally miserable life society. Finally, Indra God gives battle against Mayadenawa King and the battle happened until Tampak Siring Village. And then, Mayadenawa run to the wall and disappear.

Then, Mayadenawa King created poisonous pools to trap the Indra God’s soldier (faint soldier) to drink the pool water. Hence, all Indra God’s soldiers died after drinking this water. And then, Indra God stick the weapon of Umbul-umbul to the ground. Afterward, he has sprinkled to the dead body and faint soldier back to live suddenly. Therefore, this pool water is sanctified by the Hindu people in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various of diseases.

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Bali Tours to Visit Tampak Siring

You can visit this temple by joining our Kintamani Volcano Tour comfortably designed with full air-conditioning car, professional tour guide and safe driver or enjoy with our Penglipuran Tampak Siring Expedition then you also visit this place.

Popular Bali Tours Around Tampak Siring or Tirta Empul Temple


  • Parking Area
  • Food Stall
  • President Palace
  • Public Shower
  • Souvenir Shops
  • Public Telephone
  • Money Changer
  • Drinks Stall
  • Museum
  • Locker
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Entrance Gate

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