Pura Tirta Empul water temple, is near the village of Tampak Siring in Bali; its sacred spring attracting worshippers who bathe there for healing and spiritual merit. It is believed that the god Indra created the spring after his forces had been poisoned and created a “fountain of immortality” to bring them back to life. The Balinese have been bathing here for more than a thousand years.
The main rectangular pool is made from carved stone with spring water cascading from twelve fountains. It’s filled with koi and the remains of offerings float on the surface. After making the offering at the temple, the bathers immerse themselves and pray. Some collect holy water to take home to their own temples. It’s a beautiful to watch and to listen to the cries of shock and laughter from children as young as 18 months.
Visitors are required to wear sarongs and may hire them at the entrance, we had our own sarongs and of course our cameras. The bathers were open and relaxed about being photographed, some of the families also had cameras. We could have (and should have, in the interests of really good images) have gone into the water. I realise that truly immersing myself in a scene, whatever it takes, is the way to really connect with the people you are photographing. Next time!!
More images from my Bali trip are being loaded to my galleries each week.
Source of information: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/indonesia/bali-pura-tirta-empul