Tirtha Empul

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So anyways, I’ve visited here before, but hubby hadn’t- nor had our friends.

The main attraction here are the holy springs. According to the guidebooks these were discovered back in 962AD and have magical powers- although no one I’ve asked seems to know exactly what they are. The driver we had last time said they got rid of bad dreams.

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The springs themselves have their source further in the temple grounds. You can see where the water bubbles through the surface.

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As I said last time, even though the source is crystal clean, after watching what happens in that bathing pool, there is nothing- not even the promise of pleasant dreams- that could get me to submerge myself in that water. Each to their own, I guess.

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Inside the bathing area, ladies are busy making offerings, the table overflowing with the little palm leaf baskets and their contents.

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Next to the springs is the temple- Pura Tirtha Empul.

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Much of it was closed for praying when we were there.

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The ringing of the tiny bell and the chanting provided a soothing backdrop to the tourist hordes.

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On the way out, check out the pool of koi carp. Some of these fishes are huge.

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Naturally, there’s also shopping…

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and gates…

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The Balinese do a mean gate.

The sarong adds about 10kgs...really...
The sarong adds about 10kgs…really…

There’s also green…

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lots of it.

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And the Balinese version of the gift shop.

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