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Here is why Flowers in Hinduism regarded as Symbol of Piousness and Serenity!

Flowers are an integral part of every religious ceremony in hinduism

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April 10, 2017: Hinduism is a religion known for its pious procedures of performing a “pooja” ceremony.Many things become the part of the act of showing gratitude to the almighty be it “kapoor”, ”kumkum”, ”pure ghee”, “Dhoop batti” and many more to count.It is also very well known that flowers find a special place in the hindu prayer ceremonies. There are separate flowers for different deities and each one has a legend to follow exhibiting their significance to that particular god or goddess. Flowers are the symbols of hindu ceremonies.

They are offered to deities during prayers, used to decorate weddings and their usage varies from one thing to the other.

A marriage ceremony is incomplete in Hinduism without flowers as they complete each step from start to finish.

As for Hindus, the flowers are significant, but ever wondered why some flowers hold more importance than others?

Here is a list of flowers found to be sacred in Hinduism-:

Rose; Source-Pixabay
    1. Rose-In Hinduism and in many parts of the world, this is the flower of love and affection. In India, it is also used for its medicinal values.Rose petals are spread on newlywed’s bed as it is believed that the flower creates romance between the couple.
Jasmine; Source-Pixabay
    1. Jasmine-Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe has a colourful personality. He like wine, enjoys music and loves to becked up. He represents the cultural elements of our society. Lord Vishnu likes white and fragrant colours like mogra, jasmine etc. Apart from aromatic flowers, this Hindu god loves basil leaves.Since the time of Vedas, Jasmine has found mention in the Hindu scriptures. The flower, in Hindu weddings, is often used as the bridal flower. It symbolises everlasting love between the married couple.
Hibiscus; Source-Pixabay
    1. Hibiscus-Adishakti or the essence of all female power in the Universe is known as Kali in her most destructive form. She is a blood thirsty goddess who represents wearing a garland of Asura heads and blood dripping from her mouth. To match the colour of blood, she worshipped with blood-red hibiscus flowers.

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Hibiscus is considered as the tongue of Goddess Kali and offered to her during prayers. The bright red colour is symbolic of the fierceness of Kali.
It is seen as a flower that brings wealth and destroys enemies from one’s life.

 

Lotus; Source-Pixabay
    1. Lotus-  A symbol of beauty, in Hindu scripture, goddess Lakshmi is shown sitting on red lotus and Saraswati on a white one. The lotus is also associated with Lord Brahma.Lotus is rooted in mud but stay aflot on water without getting muddy, which shows, in Hinduism how one should live in the world with getting attached to the negative surroundings.The flower also represents triumph, wealth and fertility and is India’s national flower.
Mariold; Source-Pixabay
  1. Red Genda (Marigold)- The lord of the world Ganesha like red colour flowers just like Lakshmi. Red Genda (Marigold) flowers please him greatly. The Genda is special because it is the only flower of the gods that can be divided into its petals. Scientifically too, each petal of the Marigold flower is a flower in itself.
    It is widely used to make garlands for gods and goddesses in Hindu religion. This flower is considered a love charm and is also used in weddings.Also, its pleasant aroma keeps insects and pests away. It is said, marigold represents passion and creativity in other cultures.

These are some of the flowers that are sacred to the hindus along with many others.They fill the color and fragrance in the hindu culture.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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No More Interest Left in Valentine’s Day

Fewer Americans appear to be celebrating Valentine's Day now as opposed to a decade ago.

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Valentine's Day, which is celebrated every Feb. 14, is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by gifting them with cards, flowers, sweets or some other expression of love or appreciation. Pixabay

Fewer Americans appear to be celebrating Valentine’s Day now as opposed to a decade ago.

The National Retail Federation says that 10 years ago, more than 60 percent of adults planned to celebrate the day that’s dedicated to love, but that number has dropped to just over half in 2019.

Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated every Feb. 14, is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by gifting them with cards, flowers, sweets or some other expression of love or appreciation.

In 2009, 72 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 34 said they expected to celebrate Valentine’s Day, while 65 percent of people ages 35 to 54 planned to mark the day with their sweetheart.

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File — Americans are expected to spend $1.9 billion on flowers for Valentine’s Day 2019. VOA

Today, just over half of people in those age brackets — between 52 and 53 percent — plan to do something for Valentine’s.

The main reasons people don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day is because they think it’s over-commercialized, don’t have anyone to celebrate with, or have just lost interest, according to a 2017 poll conducted by NRF.

Some of those who expect to mark Valentine’s Day will give sweets to their sweetie. It’s a tradition to indulge in candy on Valentine’s, to give and receive it. Americans are expected to spend over $1.8 billion on Valentine’s Day candy in 2019.

Those who do celebrate Valentine’s Day will be spending more, according to the NRF, an average of $162 per person, more than $20.7 billion overall.

That could be because more younger people are increasingly interested in giving the gift of an “experience” rather than the traditional flowers, candy or jewelry.

About one-fourth of people who plan to mark Valentine’s Day will say “I love you” with an experience such as concert tickets or a day at the spa. They’re interested in creating a special memory or simply want to be unique.

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About one-fourth of people who plan to mark Valentine’s Day will say “I love you” with an experience such as concert tickets or a day at the spa. Pixabay

Memories can be expensive to make. The biggest Valentine’s Day spenders, people between the ages of 35 and 44, will spend an average of $279.14 each, while those ages 25 to 34 will spend about $239.07.

People who are often recognized by others on Valentine’s Day include spouses, significant others, children, parents, friends, co-workers and teachers.

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And pets. Americans are expected to spend $886 million on their furry companions this Valentine’s Day. (VOA)