Bali temples

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Saraswati temple in Ubud

It is said there are more temples in Bali than houses. During our stay we visited three main temples; Ulun Danu Bratan with the driver from Seminyak (on the way to Lovina) and Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul with Kadek our Ubud host.

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Ulun Danu Bratan

Ulun Danu Bratan is a water temple built in 1663 and situated on Lake Bratan in the mountains. The air temperature was around 25 degrees which was much cooler than Seminyak.

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Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi has 10 huge shrines which were carved out of the rocks in the 11th century. It is located in a lush green valley and you have to walk down 300 steps to get there.

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Tirta Empul
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Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple where, for over 1,000 years people have come to bathe in its holy spring waters for good health, prosperity and purification.

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Locals and tourists participating in prayer

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People step into the water whilst fully clothed. (Chris wasn’t getting in, he was cleansing his face which is OK to do… And Kedak (our guide) was holding his camera case out of the way…)

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The sacred spring water pond at Tirta Empul

Water has continuously bubbled up into this pond in the temple for hundreds of years.

 

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