Photographer's Note

After feasting on the mountainous beauty of Batur, we were on a way down South to Tampaksiring, our destination being the holy Tirtha Empul Temple or Pura Tirtha Empul . We were heading back to Gianyar Residency & Tampaksiring lay a good 30 Km South of Batur.

North of Tampaksaring, the road turns off to Tirta Empul. It is to here that the Balinese come from all over the island on pilgrimages to bathe in the holy springs and thus cleanse themselves spiritually.

The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring. Over 1000 years old, the temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification.

The name Tirta Empul is derives from the large spring in the centre of the temple. "Tirta" means holy water and "Empul" means spring so Tirta Empul is holy water spring.

Light was not good, especially after day long rain. The photo was taken at around 5.40 in the evening in fading light...add to the fact the dark mossy stones all around.

Through the gate on the right, one can see water gushing out from the spring into one of the bathing areas...and some tourists with cameras as well!

After leaving a small offering to the deity of spring, men and women go either side to bathe. This man is praying & his offerings can be seen to the left of the frame. Religious Offerings in Bali are works of art & of great aesthetic beauty.

I have posted two WS photos. In one WS I’ve posted a closeup of one such offering (though not very beautiful) from this place. The second WS is a picture of the holy spring. One can see the plants and the minerals (I think Sulphur) below the crystal clear water. Water from this spring goes to the bathing areas.

PS I found the shot oversharpened, after I posted it. Thereafter I have posted yet another WS where I have done some corrective measures for the sharpening (reduced it) & also a little with the colours.

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