How to Make Holy Water
Those who are in charge of making holy water are called “Pedanda”, a Hindu High Priest, “Pemangku” a common Hindu Priest and sometimes “Dalang” a puppet master. The mantras used and the procession in the making holy water might be different, depending on who is performing the blessing.
Holy water made by “Pedanda”
“Maweda” is the term for this ritual, which is performed daily. The pedanda will prepare for the ritual by cleansing his mind and body. Then he will enter a trance and be able to communicate with the gods. Holding flowers in his right hand while chanting mantras and dropping petals into the water. The Pedanda holy water can then be used to cleanse participants in rituals and celebrations, such as Balinese weddings.
Holy water made by “Pemangku”
The holy water is prepared by regular village priests in the temple where they perform their services, and it can only be used for ritual cleansing. Since the Pemangku is viewed as having less spiritual power, and since they only make connections to the Gods and Goddesses worshipped at their own temples, they will chant a different mantra than the Pedanda.
Holy water made by the puppet master or “Dalang”
Whenever there is a special occasion involving a shadow puppet performance at the temple, the holy water is prepared for the ritual known as “Wayang Lemah.” While chanting a mantra, the Dalang will cleanse the water by dipping one or more of the puppet’s fingers into it.