14 Best Pooja Plants You Can Grow in India

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Plants are used on various auspicious occasions in Hindu culture. Have a look at the Best Pooja Plants you can grow in India with ease!

In Hindu culture, flowers, fruits, and leaves play an important role with a mantra chanting as a reverence. Here are some of the Best Pooja Plants for the rituals in India.

Here are the most important leaves used in the Ganesh Pooja 

Best Pooja Plants

1. Hibiscus

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Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

The red hibiscus flower is popularly used in the worshipping of the Hindu goddess Kali and also offered to Lord Ganesha to get blessing and prosperity.

2. Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Basil is added to the prasad in Hindu rituals, especially to Lord Vishnu, and is very dear to Salekram, an avatar of Vishnu.

3. Bael

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Botanical Name: Aegle marmelos

The significance of the bael tree has been described in Shri Shuktam of Rig Veda. Bael Patra is praised in Hinduism as the tree is said to be another form of Lord Shiva. The bael leaves, fruit, as well as its root, are used in worshipping God Shiva.

4. Shami

Botanical Name: Prosopis cineraria

Hindus worship the Shami plant to impress lord Shani. It is said that worshipping the Shami tree and offering its leaves to Lord Krishna blesses the devotee with abundance. The plant is also mentioned in Kalpasutra and Vedic Samhita.

5. Periwinkle

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Botanical Name: Catharanthus roseus

Periwinkle flowers are used in the worshipping of all the Hindu deities. Moreover, the plant is also useful in treating diabetes, sore throat, skin infections, and eye irritation.

6. Crepe Jasmine

Botanical Name: Tabernaemontana divaricata

Crepe jasmine is also called a pinwheel flower, thanks to its pinwheel-like shape. It is an integral part of Pujan thali, and its garland is also offered to God.

7. Marigold

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Botanical Name: Tagetes

No auspicious festival feels complete without the auspicious and fragrant marigold flowers. Be it toran, garland, or puja offering; it plays a vital role in all religious and festive occasions.

8. Dhatura

Botanical Name: Datura innoxia

Lord Shiva is fond of the datura flower and its prickly fruit. According to the Hindu mythology text Vamana Purana, Datura appeared from the chest of God Shiva or Neelkanth when he had drunk poison during the ocean churning.

9. Oleander

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Botanical Name: Nerium oleander

In the Indian climate, the flower pops up year-round, but its flowering is at the peak during summers. The oleander flower is offered to all deities.

10. Crown Flower / Akavi

Botanical Name: Calotropis gigantea

The flower consists of five petals, along with a crown-like ring, hence it is called a crown flower. This poisonous flower is the must offering to Lord Shiva.

11. Krishna Kamal

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Botanical Name: Passiflora

As the name suggests, the Krishna kamal flower is very beloved to Lord Krishna. The radial of the Krishna kamal resembles the Sudarshan chakra of Krishna from the Mahabharat epic, whereas three threads at the center denote the holy trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh, hence the flower earned this name.

12. Parijat

Botanical Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

According to mythology, a princess named Parijataka fell in love with the sun, but on getting rejected, she committed suicide. From her ashes, this tree was borne, and since she could not withstand the sight of his beloved. The plant sheds all its flowers as the dawn appears.

13. Lotus

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Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera

Goddess of wealth and abundance, deity Laxmi sits atop the lotus flower, hence her worshipping calls for the lotus offering. According to the ancient scripture Padma Puran, the lotus emerged from the navel of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma resides in its center.

14. Shankhpushpi

Botanical Name: Clitoria ternatea

This flower is used to adore Lord Krishna, Shiva, and Durga. It also has therapeutic properties and its tea is consumed to relieve insomnia, stress, and anxiety.

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