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Flowers and Leaves Offered to Goddess Lakshmi during Puja

Lakshmi Puja is one of the most important pujas performed by Hindus. It is done to seek blessings and favor from Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Based on the Puranas, each Hindu deity has favorite flowers and leaves and it is used for pujas and other rituals. Lakshmi puja is mainly performed during Diwali or Deepavali. Another major Lakshmi Puja is the Varalakshmi Puja during Shravan or Sawan month in South India.

Here is a list of flowers and leaves that are used in Lakshmi Puja:

Lotus: Goddess Lakshmi is associated with Lotus and she is portrayed. Lotus is Kamal in Hindi, Ambuja, Padma, Pankaja, kamala in Sanskrit, Ambal and Thamarai in Tamil, Kamala and Tavaregadde in Kannada, Thamara and Senthamara in Malayalam, Padam in Oriya, Padma in Bengali, Kamala in Marathi, Lalung and Erra Tamara in Telugu and Suriyakamal in Gujarati.

Durva Grass (Dhruva) is an important offering to Goddess Lakshmi. This grass is an important element in most Hindu pujas. It is known as arugam pul in Tamil, Dhub, Durva and Haritali in Hindi (North India), Hariali in Kannada. Bermuda or Bahama Grass is the English name.

Fragrant Screw Pine: There are numerous myth in Hinduism associated with screw pine. It is used in several pujas and avoided by some deities. It is Umbrella Tree, Screw pine and Screw tree in English, Keora (Hindi), Mugali (Telugu), Ketuki (Bengali), Thazhampoo (Tamil, Kannada), Kaita (Malayalam), Kevada (Marathi, Gujarati), Ketaki (Sanskrit).

The flower that is usually avoided during Lakshmi puja is Thumba poo a small white bell-shaped flower.

The flowers used also vary from region. Lotus is considered to be most important flower in Lakshmi Puja.

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