Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

Tirta Empul, or the "Holy Water" Temple, is a place where volcanic pools come out of the ground and create sacred waters in which the Balinese people pray. This national cultural heritage site is located near Ubud in the village of Manukaya.

There are a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts that line the edge from west to east. The sculptures are beautifully ornate. Pilgrims come and enter the crystal-clear, cold mountain water with hands together in prayer. You bow under the gushing water of the first spout, and on through the eleventh, emerging yourself in cold water each time. We changed into bright green water friendly sarong's and entered the waters to say our prayers for the new year.

We did this activity as part of a larger day trip with Hire Bali Driver.