Diwali, the festival of lights, is about to arrive, and like any other occasion or holiday, it is incomplete without flowers. Flowers are of major importance in our lives. A beautiful piece of nature that goes with everything. Various Indian gods are worshiped with different flowers in religious rituals.
Flowers used at Diwali and other festivals
Worry: People decorate their homes with marigold flowers and mango leaves, and it’s not just for decorative purposes, but there is some meaning behind it. Marigold flowers are called “grass of the sun” and symbolize passion and creativity. Its garland and its petals are offered to deities like Vishnu, Ganesh during worship. Its scent helps boost morale as it keeps stress away, repels mosquitoes, bugs and insects. The yellow and orange colors of this flower are considered to bode well for new beginnings and important life events. Besides its traditional meaning, it also has scientific aspects: it is rich in antioxidants, antibiotics and vitamin C.
Mango leaves: Likewise, mango leaves have the same significance for Diwali. Torans for main gates, temples, and offices are made from mango leaves. They are used to complete a ‘Purnakumbha’ – above all pooja, an earthen pot is filled with water and decorated with fresh mango leaves with a coconut placed on top and is kept for pooja sthapna (foundation). Here, the pot represents Mother Earth, water as the source of life; the coconut represents divine consciousness and the mango leaves symbolize life. Overall, ‘Purnakumbha’ symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi and good fortune. Mango leaves contain antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help fight various diseases.
Other flowers used in Diwali
Pink: The rose flower is traditionally offered to Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi while Lakshmi pooja on Diwali.
Palash: It is offered to the goddess Saraswati. It is believed that the goddess loves white flowers, however, worship without these flowers is considered incomplete.
Jasmine: This flower, along with the vermilion, is offered to Lord Hanuman, if you wish to please the god.
Lotus: Being Symbol of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi loves the lotus flower, which is why the flower is used for worshiping during Lakshmi puja on Diwali.
Parijata / Indian Magnolia: The flower is believed to emerge during the churning of the ocean (samudra manthan). This nocturnal flowering coral jasmine is considered divine and is believed to please Lord Vishnu.
Red hibiscus: The goddess Kali is the epitome of ferocity in the Hindu religion and the flower perfectly represents this expression. The bright red color represents the fierce Kali Maa and the shape of the flower symbolizes her tongue.
Nerium Oleander: This flower is offered to the goddess Durga.
With all the flowers in your basket, you can make this Diwali a floral one.