Ran into this list – oh my, so many flowers and their relation to bagawan…


Aparaajita – Goddess Durga
Arka flower – Milkweed flower used in all prayers 
Ashok – Associated with Sita
Atasi or flax – Sri Krihna’s complexion
Bandhook or Midday flower – Sun God
Banyan flower – Lord Siva prayers
Bilva flower – Lord Siva prayers
Blue butterfly pea flower – Goddess Durga
Chameli flowers – offered to Lord Hanuman
Champaka – Sri Krishna, Lord Kamadeva, Goddess Lalitambika
Champaka (yellow) – Goddess Saraswati
Dhatura flowers – Lord Shiva worship
Erukkan flower – used in all prayers
Fragrant Screw Pine – Lakshmi puja
Hibiscus – Goddess Durga and Kali
Indian coral red: -Used in the worship of Visnu and Siva Japa
kusum – Sun God, Surya worship
Jasmine – Used in all Deity worship and Durga Puja 
Kadamba – Associated with Lord Krishna and Goddess Durga
Kovidar or purple orchid – Symbol in Bharata’s flag Krishna
Kamal flowers – offered to Sri Krishna
Kumud or white water lily – divine flower 
Kund or Star jasmine – known for whitensssLotus – Goddesses, especially Lakshmi
Madhavi Lata – Associated with Vrindavan
Malati – Well known for fragrance 
Marigold flowers – Lord Ganesha worship
Mandarai or Purple orchids – Lord Shiva
Milkweed flower – Lord Ganesha
Mogra flowers – Lord Vishnu prayers
Mullai flower – Lord Dakshinamurthy
Nandhyavattai – Lord Krishna worship
Neel Kamal – Goddess Durga worship
Parijat – Brought to earth by Lord Krishna
Patal or paral – adorns the hair of Goddesses 
Pomegranate flowers – Lord Ganesha
Punnag – Lord Vishnu worship
Tajnigandha flowers – offered to Lord Shiva
Tulsi flowers – Vishnu and Krishna worship
Red coloured flowers – Lord Ganesha
Red Jasmine flowers – Goddess Lakshmi prayers
Sanku Pushpam or Conch flower – Lord Ganesha
Sev arali – Lord Subramaniya worship
Tamal or Himalayan Garcina – Lord Rama, Baby Krishna
Thazhampoo or ketaki – Cursed by Lord Shiva, not used in worship but offered to Goddess Lakshmi.
Thumba poo – avoided in Lakshmi puja
Vakul or Maulasari – Sri Krishna
White Lotus – Goddess Saraswati
Yuthika or jasmine – Sri Krishna 

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  3. Can you please give the equivalent names of the flowers given in the list in Sanskrit and Tamil ? I shall be grateful if you can also give informatiion as to which of these flowers are fit to be offered to the different deities and which are not.

    • In Sridharan mama’s book “Sivaalaya puja manthirangal”, there are about 10 pages at the end dedicated for all sanskrit names for food, floor, meaning of some verbs etc….Unfortunately I have only Tamil version….I am sure there are similar index maintained somewhere…if you all need that, i can scan the tamil text of them…

  4. What is Naaga linga poo called? Please, I looked for it. If someone can post it here, would be of great help


  6. Nasmine(Malligai) should not be used for Bhairavar worship. Thazambu for Siva
    Parijatha (Pavala malli) for Saraswathi and
    thurva grass for sun god and akshatha(Rice) for Lord vishnu

  7. Radhe Krishna. Thank you very much and detailed information to the Goddess and flowers. Hara Hara Sankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  8. Avan malar padhankalai alangarikum pookalalin vakaikal. Very interesting
    jaya jaya sankara hara hara sankara

  9. Jaya Jaya Sankara – Can anyone provide a complete database of the following benefiting all.
    – days of week in Sanskrit
    – names of fruits in sanskrit
    – names of flowers
    – names of dishes (like Kozakattai-Modakam, Coconut-narikela…)

    Other details, if any which will be used by all in porforming poojas in their respective houses.

    Radhe krishna

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