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How to make Canang?

How to make canang?
How to make canang?
How to make canang?

Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. These offerings can be seen in Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines in houses, and on the ground as part of larger offerings. Let me guide you through creating a canang sari:

  1. Materials Needed:
    • Fresh and fragrant flowers (avoid wilted or discolored ones).
    • Incense (natural and good quality).
    • Food (for the core material).
  2. Steps:
    • Prepare the Core Material (Peporosan):
      • Combine betel leaf, banana leaf, lime, gambier, prestige, tobacco, and betel nuts.
      • Each material symbolizes a major Hindu God: Shiva (lime), Vishnu (betel nut), and Brahma (gambier).
    • Create the Tray (Ceper):
      • Use a tray made from palm leaf (ceper) to cover the offering.
      • The tray symbolizes Ardha Candra.
    • Arrange the Flowers (Raka-raka):
      • Place flowers in specific directions, symbolizing different Hindu Gods:
        • White flowers (east) for Iswara.
        • Red flowers (south) for Brahma.
        • Yellow flowers (west) for Mahadeva.
        • Blue or green flowers (north) for Vishnu.
    • Add Essence (Sari):
      • Place coins (kepeng) or paper money on top of the canang.
      • This represents the essence of the offering.
  3. Philosophy Behind Canang Sari:
    • Canang sari is a form of self-sacrifice, as it requires time and effort to prepare.
    • It is offered every day to thank for the peace in the world.
    • Not offered during times of community or family mourning.

Remember, creating a canang sari is a meaningful ritual, and each step carries significance. 🌸🙏🕉️

!Young Balinese woman making canang