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Thechi or Flame of the Woods Flower in Hindu Pujas

Thechi, Flame of the woods, also known as Chethi, Thetti, Jungle Geranium and Jungle Flame is a flower widely used in Hindu pujas and rituals in South India especially in temples in Kerala. The flower is known as Rugmini in Hindi, Vedchi in Tamil, Thechi in Malayalam and Rangan in Bengali. The scientific name of the flower is Ixora coccinea.

Red Thechi flowers are widely used in Hindu Temples. White and light yellow and yellow varieties are also used for pujas.

Offering Thechi Garland at the world famous Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayur is considered highly meritorious.


Flame of the Woods is widely used through out the temples in South India. It is also used as offering in daily pujas in homes.

The Poomoodal ritual in Kadampuzha Bhagavthy Temple in Kerala is performed only with Chethi flowers.



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