The Hindu Wedding: Part Four - Page 2
- Symbolizes purity, beauty, attachment and divine hope
- Jasmine flowers are sacred to and commonly dedicated to Vishnu.
- They are used to adorn a bride’s hair or women’s hair at a celebration or in daily life.
- Called “Moonlight of the Grove” in India because it opens up and releases its captivating fragrance in the twilight hours
- Symbolizes luck, devotion in friendship or love, sacred affection
- They are very popular garland flowers because of their bright colors and longevity (Garlands can last nearly a week without water.).
- They are offered to the gods, particularly Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi. During the month of Margasira (November/December) when the Hindu ritual year begins, these two gods are especially worshiped.
- Symbolizes love, beauty
- Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, fortune and wealth, is said to made of 108 large and 1,008 small rose petals, thus her beauty is unrivaled. She was created by Brahma as a gift and bride for Vishnu.
- Roses were highly favored by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and his wife Nurjehan who encouraged the cultivation of roses throughout Kashmir.
- Symbolizes sensuous pleasure
- Called Rajnigandha, which means “night fragrance” in Hindi, because its sweet scent is most potent after sunset