Anantha, the lord of the Naga world who had protective powers later brought it back from the Naga world to Earth. Betel leaves are also used for ‘ganudenu’ or transactions during the New Year and children receive a coin enclosed in betel leaves. They also arrange three betel leaves with two plantains or ½ a coconut as a special religious offering. “Betel leaves are a vital part of our New Year and other religious and cultural celebrations and we still use them frequently,” he stated. She says that in her family they worship their older relatives with betel leaves.
Source: Sunday Times April 12, 2019 14:37 UTC