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⛲ The Holy Springs of TIRTA EMPUL: Bali’s Sacred Pool of Purification
💧 This place is one of the most incredible, spiritual places. During his recent holiday in Bali last June 2017, former US President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Natasha, made Tirta Empul one of their selected sites to visit and experience. We were really fortunate as on the day we arrived, it poured with so much rain that the springs overfilled with water, apparently that’s meant to be an auspicious sign.
🏯 The Story Behind The Holy Springs:
The Balinese believe that the creation of Tirta Empul involves the legend of an epic battle between a powerful and magical king named Mayadenawa and the God Indra. Mayadenawa possessed the spiritual power to transform himself into any form he desired. But he became careless with his powers and used them for black magic. A priest named Sang Kulputih prayed to the God Indra to put an end to the evil king. Indra and his soldiers managed to defeat Mayadenawa's forces, and left the wicked king and what's left of his troops running for their life.
Later, Mayadenawa snuck into Indra's camp when the army slept. He created a beautiful but poisonous pond that the army would drink from upon waking up. When Mayadenawa crept into the camp, he walked on the sides of his feet so as not to leave footprints- thus this is believed to be the origin of the name 'Tampak Siring' which translates as 'tilted footprint'.In the morning Indra awoke to find many of his men dead and scores more sick and dying. It was then, through his mighty power that the God Indra pierced the ground with his staff, creating the sacred healing springs of holy water which came to be known as Tirta Empul.
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