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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-:

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

 

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    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.
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  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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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.