Land for sale at Balangan Beach, Jimbaran Bali
headline »
Thu, 5/06/14 – 9:52 | No Comment

Total area of 38000 square meter of land is nestled in Tanjung Balangan; on the beach, white sand, magnificent cave, cliffs ocean view. And Airport in distance is blinking with lights. New Kuta Resort and …

Read the full story »
Arts & Culture

There is probably no place in the world with such a high density of craftsmen and artisans in Bali.

Bali News & Events

Bali’s latest news and upcoming events

Dance, Drama & Music

It’s all about Bali’s art performance


What you need to know when exploring the paradise island of Bali


Patchwork of insights into the soul of Bali

Home » Glossary, Religion

Flower in Balinese Life  

by on Wednesday, 12 March 20085 Comments | 2,826 views

Flowers are important things for Balinese, since in every single day, Balinese need flowers for praying and also as offering to God. However not many Balinese know what kind of flowers is appropriate for praying and offering such as Canang (an opened-square made from coconut leaves use in praying and giving tribute to God).


Based on Ngurah Nala’s article (Sarad Magazine edition January 22nd 2002), Actually all flowers can be used for praying. Although, there are some rule in choosing flower in order to use them for praying. Flower which is withering are forbidden to use. Moreover, using flower that is picked from the ground because it falls off from its twig is also forbidden.


It is better using flower that is picked from its twig intentionally. Fresh flower without bug bite is suggested to use. Actually dirty flowers can not use in praying but Balinese use it with many considerations; of course they wash that flower with clean water. In addition before using it for praying the flower must be purified above burning incense with special incantation “om puspa dantaya nama swaha”.

Balinese believe that gemitir (a fragrant orange flower), flower which grow in the graveyard, and flower which is struck by lightning are forbidden to use in praying. However there are no sources that explain it.

Generally, the explanation about the forbidden flower only based on the myth in lontar (an old manuscript). In Lontar Aji Janantaka, Siwa (goddess) change all of people in Janantaka to be trees. Siwa did it because he wanted to come to the earth in order to help people of Janantaka and he can meet the human directly.

Finally, he came to Janantaka. All of trees and other plant came to him to be purified. Altough, Jempiring alit (tuludnyuh) and salikonta did not come and there are no explanations about the reason why. So, Siwa forbade these flowers to be used in praying. Other lotar, Wariga Gemet, explain that those flower can be used in pitra yadnya.

It is need to remember that Balinese use flowers to pray Ida Sang Hyang Widhi so that flowers which are used must be clean and holy.

Home | Bali Dive | Bali Car Rental | Search more 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15| 16| 17 | E-postcard| Wedding Photography | Bali & Indonesia Journal Photography | Groups

Your Ad Here