Canang Sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to show gratitude to the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (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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