Kadali, or Banana, is a fruit widely used in Hindu pujas and worship. In Hinduism, Kadali is called the ‘fruit of paradise.’ Importance of Banana stems from the fact that it is used as an offering to Gods especially to Hanuman and Ganesha.
Leaves of Banana have been used in religious ceremonies from ancient times.
According to the epic Ramayana, Hanuman lived in a Kadalivana, banana forest.
In Bengal, Banana plant is an important item during the Durga Puja rituals. Banana tree is the medium used to carry the pran of Goddess Durga on Saptami day. The ritual is known as Bodhan ritual.
Kadali or Banana symbolizes female beauty, prosperity and fertility.