Flowers To Be Offered During Puja Rituals

Flowers are one of the most magnificent creations of Mother Nature that have filled our lives with colours and fragrance. Flowers hold a special place while worshipping any deity or performing any Puja in Hinduism as they are considered auspicious. No Puja is complete without beautiful and vibrant flowers. But one thing to be kept in mind while offering flowers to the deities during any prayer is that not all flowers are deemed fit for being a part of any sacred ceremony or prayer. Every flower has its own significance and should be chosen wisely while worshipping the Almighty. 

In this blog by AstroSage, we will tell you which flowers are considered auspicious while worshipping the deities, and which flowers are forbidden to be offered during the Puja. Apart from this, we will also tell you the reason why flowers are offered to the deities while worshipping. 

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Without further ado, let’s find out why flowers are offered to Gods and Goddesses while performing Puja.

Significance of Offering Flowers during Worship

  • One most obvious reason is that flowers make the Gods happy. If you want to get their blessings, you must offer flowers.
  • Flowers are the sacred and beautiful creation of Mother Nature. One can show their love and devotion towards the Gods by offering them flowers.
  • The flowers have a mild fragrance that fills the place of worship with positive energy. It brings a sense of calmness and positivity and creates a soothing environment while offering prayer to God.
  • The term “Puja” comprises of two syllables “Pu” and “Ja”. Here, “Pu” means flowers, and “Ja” means water and chanting. Hence, prayer itself means an offering of flowers.

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Flowers to be Used in Puja

Many people might not be aware that different flowers have their own significance. Some of the flowers used during the worship are mentioned below:

  1. Palash

While worshipping Maa Saraswati, Palash flowers are considered the most auspicious as it is believed that Devi Saraswati is fond of white-coloured flowers, so Saraswati Puja without the Palash flowers is considered incomplete.

  1. Jasmine

Jasmine is a tiny beautiful flower that has not only religious significance but also medicinal properties. For all the Lord Hanuman devotees who wish to please him, Jasmine is the right flower for them while performing Puja.

  1. Lotus

Everyone knows that Maa Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, loves the Lotus flower. This is why Lotus is considered an essential part of Laxmi Pujan and during the worship of Diwali. People who want to please Maa Laxmi must keep a garland made of Lotus seeds in their home. 

  1. Marigold

The elephant-headed Lord Ganesh is fond of Red-coloured flowers. That is why the Marigold flower is included while worshipping Lord Ganesha. This saffron or red-coloured flower can be offered in the form of petals or garland too. Marigold is also offered to Lord Vishnu on several auspicious occasions.

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  1. Parijata

Parijata or Indian Mongolia is a divine flower that is offered to Lord Vishnu to please him. As per the Legend, this night-flowering coral jasmine emerged during the ocean churning. Later, it was taken up to heaven by Lord Indra.

  1. Red Hibiscus

The most suited flower to describe the fierce and powerful Maa Kali is the Red Hibiscus. The shape of this flower signifies Maa Kali’s tongue, while the vibrant red colour depicts her furious nature.

  1. Nerium Oleander

Flowers with reddish hues are offered to Maa Durga, and Nerium Oleander fits that category perfectly.

  1. Crown Flower

This beautiful flower, known as Akanda, is offered to Lord Shiva. It is a poisonous flower but also one of the most prominent ingredients while worshipping Lord Shiva.

  1. Purple Orchid

This exotic flower is popular in Hinduism while performing Puja. It is also offered to Lord Shiva and can be offered alone or with milk.

  1.  Datura

Datura is considered Lord Shiva’s most beloved flower as while the ocean churning when he consumed the poison, it was the Datura flower that emerged from his chest. While worshipping Lord Shiva, Datura is offered to him to get rid of negative emotions like hatred, ego, and envy.

Avoid Offering the Following Flowers during the Puja

Not all flowers are considered auspicious while performing Puja. Mentioned below are five flowers that the devotees must refrain from offering to the deities.

  • While Nerium Oleander is considered auspicious during the worship of Maa Durga, it must not be offered to Lord Rama.
  • Do not use the Aksada flower while worshipping Lord Vishnu.
  • Make sure to avoid using Amla or Arka while offering prayers to Maa Parvati.
  • Ketaki or Kewada should not be offered during Shiv Pujan.
  • Bael leaves or Bilva must never be offered to Surya Dev.

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Things to be kept in Mind while Offering Flowers to the Deities

  • Do not offer flowers to god that have been picked up from the ground.
  • One must never offer stolen flowers to god.
  • Offer a full-bloomed flower and avoid offering buds. However, Champa and lotus buds are exceptions in this scenario.
  • Refrain from plucking flowers after dusk. Pay respect to the plant while plucking the flowers.
  • Do not offer withered flowers and always offer fresh ones.
  • Instead of washing the flowers, sprinkle them with water to clean them.
  • Make sure that the flowers to be offered are not diseased or infested with insects.
  • When offering Bilva leaves, one can wash the already used one and offer it to god.
  • Lotus stays fresh upto 5 days. Therefore, it can be plucked and restored for further use.

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