Durga Puja is among the most auspicious festivals of Hindus, and the festival is particularly popular in the Northern parts of India. During this festival, the Hindus worship nine manifestations of Aadishakti, the mother goddess Shakti. Each day of the festival has its importance, and as per the importance, people worship Durga Devi with various flowers and bhog. So let us look at the flowers that are offered to this goddess.
Hindi Name: Gudahal or Udhul
Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-Sinensis
When it comes to worshipping Durga Puja, there is no flower like Hibiscus. As per the ancient texts, the goddess loves the Hibiscus flower like no other. On the first day of Navratri, the goddess is worshipped as the Shailputri. The Hibiscus flower is the favorite sacred offering for this manifestation of the Parvati goddess.
Hindi Name: Sevanti
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum
On the second day of Durga Puja, people worship Mata Brahmacharini, the second manifestation of Maa Durga. This form of the mother goddess signifies love, loyalty, wisdom, and knowledge. She wears white clothes and holds a Japamala in her right hand and a Kamandalu in her left hand.
Hindi Name: Kamal
Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
On the third day of Durga Puja, the Indian goddess is worshipped as Mata Chandraghanta. This form of the goddess has three eyes, and the third one remains open permanently. This signifies her readiness to fight against evil. People worship goddess Chandraghanta with Lotus flowers and other sweets to seek her blessings.
In Hinduism, other gods are also seen with lotus flowers. This includes Lord Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi, and the Goddess Parvati.
Hindi Name: Chandani
Botanical Name: Tabernaemontana divaricata
On the fourth auspicious day of Navratri, Devi Durga is worshipped as Kushmanda. People seek her blessing to eliminate all the darkness from their life. If you also want to worship Devi Kushmanda during Durga Puja, you can offer the Crepe Jasmine flowers. Moreover, the Devi is also worshipped with dishes such as Malpua.
Hindi name: Gulaab
Botanical Name: Rosa Indica
Maa Durga loves any red-colored flower. The goddess is an emblem of courage and bravery. She likes red-colored offerings, whether a flower, fruit, or clothing. On the fifth day of Durga Puja, Devi Durga takes the manifestation of Skandmata. In this manifestation, red and yellow flowers are very dear to her.
Hindi name: Genda
Botanical Name: Tagetes
Goddess Durga has various manifestations, and in each manifestation, she is worshipped with different flowers and bhog. The Laxmi form is also one of the forms of Devi Durga. In this form, she is the wife of God Vishnu, who loves yellow flowers. So, the goddess Laxmi is worshipped with yellow flowers such as Marigold.
On the sixth day of Navratri, Durga maa takes the form of Katyayani Devi. She is the most ferocious manifestation of Devi Durga. In this form, people offer her marigold flowers and honey as bhog.
Hindi Name: Krishna Kamal
Botanical Name: Passiflora
On the seventh night of Navratri, people worship Maa Kaalratri. She is a form of the goddess Kali. People believe she can destroy all evils, demons, and negative energies. She is among the fiercest manifestation of Maa Mahadevi. Mata Kaalratri is worshipped with a Krishna Kamal or Passionflower. So, if you want to take the blessings of Maa Kaalratri, worship her with Passionflower and jaggery on the Seventh night of Durga Puja.
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Hindi name: Mogra
Botanical Name: Jasminum samba
The Mogra flower has a very strong and pleasant aroma. So on the eighth day of Navratri, people worship Devi Mahagauri, a manifestation of Devi Parvati with mogra flower and coconut. So, if you want peace and tranquility, you should worship Mahagauri on the eighth day of Durga Puja. Some ancient scriptures say Maa Mahagauri fulfills childless couples' wishes if they truly worship her.
Hindi Name: Champa
Botanical name: Plumeria Alba
The Champa flower is a favorite of the Ninth manifestation of Maa Durga, Sidhidatri. Upon happiness, the mother goddess blesses people with wisdom, power, and intellectual capability.
Hindi name: Aparajita / Shankhpushpi
Botanical Name: Clitoria ternatea
The Aparajita flower is said to be among the favorite sacred flowers of Maa Durga. It's said so because Aparajita is another name for Maa Durga, which means the one no one can defeat. So, this flower is quite sacred for the Durga goddess worshippers. This flower is also offered to the lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.
Hindi Name: Laal Kaner
Botanical Name: Nerium Alexander
Red Oleander is quite frequently used in different types of worship. This flower is also used in the worship of the goddesses Durga, Kali, and Parvati. Moreover, the flower is also used in various types of tantra sadhana.
Hindi Name: Palash Flower
Botanical Name: Butea monosperma
The Palash tree and flower are among the sacred symbols of Hinduism. The flowers of the Palash tree also have various medicinal properties. The flower of this tree is used to worship goddesses Durga and Saraswati.
These are the 12 flowers used to worship Devi Durga and her various manifestations. In Hinduism, Devi Durga is the Aadishakti, meaning all other powers and forms of gods and goddesses have come from her. By worshiping Devi Durga with her favorite flowers and bhog, all your deepest desires can become true. If you want to buy the seeds and plants of these flowers, click on the buy now button.