On the island, guests have likely seen those small coconut leaf trays filled with rice, colourful flowers, and incense dotting the street entrances of houses and shops, as well as temples.
Despite its small size, Canang Sari possesses profound meaning. The Canang Sari is offered to the Gods as a form of gratitude of the peace given to the world.
The bases of Canang Sari are made from coconut leaf, betel nut and lime, which symbolize the three Hindu deities of supreme divinity in Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva that represent creation, perseverance, and unity. Different colour flowers also placed to symbolise a Hindu God. White flowers that point to the east are for Iswara, the God of Nature. Red flowers that point to the south are offered to the Brahma, symbolising the power of creation. Yellow flowers that point to the west are for Mahadeva, and the blue or green flowers are faced to the northern direction for the God Vishnu, symbolising as a protection.
The offering is made with quite a lengthy hand-made process; women craft the basket, assembly the material, place them in specific meaningful directions, sprinkle with holy water, and finish by burning incense. As the incense catches fire and smokes start to linger creating a unique aroma, the fusion of earth, fire, water and air is now complete. While a little prayer is spoken softly, the smoke carries the essences of the offerings up to the Gods. This serves its purposes of gratitude and sacrifices by the Hindu Balinese, and, if you see a small amount of money and food such as candies or cookies placed on the Canang Sari, this is to give back what one has received.
Channelling the authenticity of Balinese heritage, Keraton Jimbaran Resort invites all guests to experience a deeper level of Balinese culture with Balinese Activity sessions which are held every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the resort. While the females learn how to make the Canang Sari, the males will learn on how to make Kelangsah - handwoven coconut leaves which are usually used in religious ceremonies. All the activity is under the guidance of the local staff at Keraton Jimbaran Resort, not only showing the step by step of creating these delicate arrangements, but also introducing the meaning behind it which is the sense of gratitude and self-reflection.
About Keraton bJimbaran Resort:
Keraton Jimbaran Resort is a beach resort with rich Balinese heritage rooted in every corner of the resort.
Nestled in the heart of Jimbaran alongside an immaculate white sand beach of Jimbaran Bay, making our traditional Balinese resort an ideal sanctuary for couples, friends, and families. Carefully crafted 99 rooms, suites, and villas are accompanied with an array of exceptional services creating an oasis of serenity to unwind from the mainstream bustle. To complete the experience, the resort features unrivalled facilities from well-manicured tropical gardens, a direct access to the Jimbaran Bay beach, a free-form pool, delectable dining options, a state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre, and everything else to accommodate savvy travellers.
Situated just a 10-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Keraton Jimbaran Resort offers an easy-access to the island’s many attractions and destinations.
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