Canang Sari is one of the daily offerings (usually every morning) made by Balinese Hindus to show gratitude to the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (the All-In-One-God) in praise and prayer. Canang Sari can be found all over the island, in small house shrines, Balinese temples (pura), and even on the ground.
A small Canang usually contains flowers and/or money placed on a tiny square tray woven out of a coconut leaf. The word “Canang” itself refers to the tray, while “Sari” refers to the essence of the offering, which may be a small amount of Kepeng (the coin money or paper money) placed on top.
Canang sari is normally filled with a multitude of colorful flowers. The colors of the flowers are white, red, yellow, and either blue or green. The colors are not randomly chosen; they have different meanings and are placed in specific directions in the Canang
• The white-colored flowers that point to the east as a symbol of Iswara. Iswara is regarded as one of the primary forms of God.
• The red-colored flowers that point to the south as a symbol of Brahma. Brahma is often referred to as the progenitor or great grandsire of all human beings.
• The yellow-colored flowers that point to the west as a symbol of Mahadeva. Mahadeva means “Great god” also one of the main deities of Hinduism.
• The blue or green colored flowers that point to the north as a symbol of Vishnu. Visnu is conceived as “the Preserver” within the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the divinity.
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