Want to know about the Favorite Flowers of Goddess Durga During Navaratri? Here are the Flowers Used in the Worship of Ma Durga!
Navaratri is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus. People worship various manifestations of the Goddess Durga for nine days. Each day has particular importance, where people celebrate each manifestation of Maa Durga with special offerings of flowers and bhoga. Here are the complete details on Favorite Flowers of Goddess Durga During Navaratri!
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Favorite Flowers of Goddess Durga During Navaratri
1. Hibiscus (Day-1)
Hindi Name: Gudahal / Jason
Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus flower tops the list when it comes to the worship of Maa Durga. She is manifested as Shailputri during the first day of Navratri, and hibiscus is most endearing to her.
2. Chrysanthemums (Day-2)
Hindi Name: Sevanti
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum
Goddess Parvati has performed hard penance for years in the form of Brahmacharini, after which lord shiva accepted her as his wife.
Brahmacharini is the second manifestation of Devi Durga. She blesses with blissful married life when revered with sweet bhog and sevanti flowers.
3. Lotus (Day-3)
Hindi Name: Kamal
Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
During the third day of Navratri, people worship the Goddess as Chandraghanta Devi. Devotees offer her sweets, milk, and lotus flower to seek her blessings.
In Hindu iconography, deities like Laxmi, Durga, and Narayan have lotus flowers in their hands or seats.
4. Crepe Jasmine (Day-4)
Hindi Name: Chandani
Botanical Name: Tabernaemontana divaricata
The fourth day is dedicated to the fourth avatar of Durga, ‘Kushmanda.’ With her blessings, she eliminates all the darkness. People worship Kushmananda with jasmine and lotus along with sweets, including malpua.
5. Rose (Day-5)
Hindi Name: Gulab
Botanical Name: Rosa
Red and yellow roses are favorites of Maa Durga, especially during the fifth day of Navratri. She gets in Skandamata manifestation and red and yellow roses are dearest to her.
Offering a yellow rose to the deity brings good fortune and peace in one’s life.
6. Marigold (Day-6)
Hindi Name: Genda
Botanical Name: Tagetes
On the sixth day of the Navratri, people worship the deity in Katyayani avatar, one of the most ferocious forms of Maa Durga. To seek her divine blessings of health, wealth, and prosperity, one must offer her marigold flowers, marigold, and honey bhoga.
7. Passionflower (Day-7)
Hindi Name: Krishna Kamal
Botanical Name: Passiflora
Kalaratri is the seventh manifestation of Ma Durga and is a destroyer of all demons, ghosts, evil spirits, and negative energies. People worship her with passionflower and jaggery bhoga on this day.
8. Arabian Jasmine (Day-8)
Hindi Name: Mogra
Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac
The eighth day of Navratri is dedicated to Mahagauri manifestation. Worshipping mahagauri with mogra and coconut blesses with peace and tranquillity. Some mythology state that she also fulfills the wishes of childless couples and blesses them.
9. White Frangipani (Day-9)
Hindi Name: Champa
Botanical Name: Plumeria Alba
The ninth manifestation of Maa Durga is Siddhidhatri, and people worship her with white frangipani flowers. Devotees offer this flower for intellect, strength, and wisdom.
Flowers Extensively Used in Worshipping of Ma Durga
10. Butterfly Pea
Hindi Name: Aparajita / Shankhpushpi
Botanical Name: Clitoria ternatea
According to Hindu mythology, butterfly pea was brought on earth by Guru Shukracharya. People also offer it to Shiva and Parvati. The flower plays a vital role in Mahadurga pooja, too.
11. Red Oleander
Hindi Name: Laal Kaner
Botanical Name: Nerium oleander
Red oleander is auspicious for worshiping goddess Durga, Kaali, and Gauri. Red and pink oleanders are a part of the ‘Tantrik sadhana’ of Mahakali, too.