Friday, May 24, 2013

Bathing for Purification - Titra Empul, Tampak Siring, Bali, Indonesia

The locals bathing in holy water of Titra Empul to purify themselves
Registered at UNESCO Heritage Site 6th July, 2012
Titra Empul Pura or also known as Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring temple in Gianyar district. We stopped at the temple on our way back from Mount Batur. It happened to be a day after the celebration of Kuningan and hence, the temple was full of the locals bathing to purify themselves.  The water is also believed to have healing properties. There were some foreigners joining the event.

It was interesting to watch so many Hindu devotes queuing to enter the pool and we were among the many tourists trying to capture the scene. Looking at how devoted are the Bali Hindus towards their religion, I'm keen to know if there are rule breakers among these people. Our guide told us that it is almost impossible to breach the rules and tradition as there are cultural police who make sure that each and every Balinese observed their religion and culture closely and faithfully. In any circumstances if the people break the law, they will be punished.
People came with their traditional costume (baju adat)
Entrance to the temple
The crowd splash into the pool
Queuing to get closer to the spring source 
Spring water flows into the pool

There was a long queue to enter the pool
The pond in the temple is full of fish

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