The Jakarta Post
Banyu Pinaruh is always conducted on the day after Saraswati Day. (JP/Agung Prameswara)
On his fifth day in Bali, the former United States President Barack Obama along with his family members made a visit to Tirta Empul Temple in Gianyar regency, Bali.
The group was only there for 30 minutes, during their time there Obama was surrounded by hundreds of other visitors who followed him everywhere. Obama stepped into the fish pond area at the front of the temple, accompanied by his wife and two children who donned sarongs.
Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu water temple that is famous for its holy spring water where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification.
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The Tirta Empul Gianyar Temple complex was built approximately in the year 960 AD, during the reign of Chandra Bhayasingha, the fourth king of Wangsa Warmadewa who ruled Bali in the 10th and 11th century. The builder of the temple is Sri Kesari Warmadewa, whose name was mentioned in the Blanjong Inscription at Sanur. Airlangga, the Kahuripan king was the eighth descent of the dynasty.
Obama and his family arrived in Bali on Friday evening, June 23 for a vacation until June 28, before heading to Yogyakarta and Jakarta. While in Bali, they visited tourist attractions such as Agung Rai Museum of Art, the Jatiluwih rice terraces and Ayung River. (asw)
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