A Balinese Hindu Temple in the northeast of Ubud, Pura Tirta Empul was discovered in AD 962. The water here is believed to have magical curative powers. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, another Hindu god name for the supreme consciousness.
Here’s a guide on the traditional ritual for cleansing, follow these steps to get the most out of your visit to #PuraTirtaEmpul
1. Begin with a flower offering at the main temple.
2. Sit on the platform across the the altar filled with other offerings and make a prayer to the gods, the water spirits, and the spirits of your mother and father. Make sure to hold your offering at chest level. Then make a wish and add your offering to the altar.
3. Now you are ready to enter the pool. There are 13 fountains in the first pool used to cleanse your mind. You must skip the first one and visit numbers 2-10 which symbolize different sins, completing the same routine at each. The 11th and 12th are for rituals regarding the dead (so skip those too) but the last one can be visited.
4. The routine for each fountain is as follows: Gather the water in your hands and bring it up to your forehead in prayer three times. Say the mantra of ‘Om’ three times. Bring the water to your mouth three times, but spit it out. The last time, you must swallow it.
5. After completing the ritual at each fountain in the first pool; cross to the next pool and do the same with the next three fountains, which cleanse part of your soul.
6. Finally visit the last pool and go to each fountain in reverse order. This pool is to cleanse the body of any illness, with the last fountain (which appears to be the first) being the most powerful and also the fountain that the temple is named after (Tirta Empul). Spend some time at this one, as it will complete the cleansing process.
7. Exit the pool and end with a prayer thanking the gods, water spirits, and the spirits of your mother and father.