The word tirta is based on sanskrit which means spring. Within the vicinity of the complex there are at least seven other spring. As the word spring itself, the tirta is a source of water which runs trough rivers then to the sea, giving life for thousands of Balinese. The water is clear and pure
Pilgrimage attended by the Balinese pray for their well-being, drinking the sacred water and bathing to purify oneself, and also give offerings. Tourists are allowed to join in but must adhere with the temple regulations. Tirta Empul is one of the best place to observe such importance of water in life.