There are always a new things to discover in Bali. Every visit in Bali is always enriching me with different positive feelings.
After a hot trekking in Tegallalang Rice Terrace, the visit at Pura Tirta Empul is rather refreshing. The time needed to reach this Pura from Tegallalang is less than 20 minutes by car which makes a perfect itinerary for half day trip.
Tirta Empul itself means the water (Tirta) that comes up from the ground (empul). Pura Tirta Empul is well known for housing Melukat. Melukat is a ceremony intended to the mind and soul purification spiritually for Hindus. There are several steps for performing the ceremony; that includes wearing the proper outfit for Melukat, preparing the offerings for the Gods and then the priest will read some incantation for the prayers. After receiving the incantation, the prayers are then headed to the pools where the holy spring water is spurted out. The prayers complete the ceremony by bathing with the water from holy spring as a symbol of purifying the mind and soul.
There were originally 33 showers but due to the earthquake, now there are only 22 showers functioning. In general the showers are divided into 3 categories. The first 14 showers are intended for those who beseech for cleanse, the next 2 showers to remove the curse and the last 6 showers are for healing from the serious illness and to obtain fertility.
If you are visiting this Pura with intention to join Melukat or simply to refresh yourself with the holy spring water, you can rent the outfit for Melukat inside the Pura or bring your own dedicated sarong only for Melukat as it is forbidden to walk around inside the Pura when you are wearing a wet sarong.
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