In Bali, the people really appreciate flowers as nature entity that has a specific strength. Such a Frangipani Flower, in every Hindus ritual ceremony in Bali, they are always use Frangipani Flower. Not only in Ngaben Ceremony but Frangipani Flowers also really sacred as a communication means in every chances of Bali daily life.
Frangipani flower has two important rules in Hindu religion which is as a symbol of Siwa God and as a worship or prayer means. As a symbol of Siwa God, it placed on the corner of both palms hand and be included while worshipping. After prayer time, the Frangipani Flowers usually placed on the hair or tucked on the ears. As a prayer means, flower use for fill the offerings that will be dedicated to the God or the holy spirit.
Frangipani Flowers are used for indicate the purity of heart when worship Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and His holy light, the ancestors and the sage (spiritual teachers). Besides of Frangipani Flowers, there are other flowers that can be used to replace the Frangipani Flower for ceremony, the selected color of flowers are following:
1. The white flower, as a symbol to worship Hyang Widhi with appellation “Iswara”. It has a strength like Badjra, to radiate the white light (neutral).
2. The red flower, as a symbol to worship Hyang Widhi with appellation “Brahma”. It has a strength like Gada, to radiate the red light.
3. The black flower, as a symbol to worship Hyang Widhi with appellation “Wisnu”. It has Chakra Weapon and radiate the black light.
4. The yellow flower, as a symbol to worship Hyang widhi with appellation “Mahadewa” or “Siwa” that has a strength of Nagapasa, to radiate the yellow light.
Based on the philosophy of Hindu Religion, The Frangipani Tree will bloom when “Sasih Kapat” or when the forth full moon which means a good month. The Frangipani Flower also considered as “Sari Alam” or something that can bring enlightenment and also the goodness.
The Frangipani Flower and the Balinese people cannot be separated. If you travel to Bali, there are so many Frangipani Flowers that blooming everywhere especially in every temples.