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Marigold Flower in Hinduism – Genda Phool in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Marigold flower, popularly known as Genda Phool or Sendigai Poo, holds an important place in Hinduism. The flower is widely used in Hindu pujas, rituals and other religious ceremonies. The flower is especially offered to Ganesha, Hanuman and Goddess Saraswati. It is widely used during Vasant Panchami, Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra. 

Genda Phool in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Garland made using marigold is offered to all deities throughout the year.

The yellow color variety of the flower is offered to Goddess Saraswati during Basant Panchami and especially during Saraswati Puja.

The yellow color flower stands for hope and prosperity.

The orange color flower represents fire (Agni) that purifies and removes all kinds of negative forces.

The flower is offered to Goddess Durga, Kali, and to all manifestations of Goddess Shakti.

As the flower is available throughout the year, it is an important flower used in Hindu pujas.

Garlands of marigold flowers are found throughout India on all days near temples.

Garlands made of Marigold flowers is put on images of gods and goddesses, on the main door of the house and on vehicles on Vijayadasami (Ayudha Puja).

In the event of death, the flower is used to decorate the pyre.

Medicinal Properties of Marigold Flower

Genda Phool has great medicinal value. In ancient times, it was used to treat open wounds. It contains antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties that promote healing.

The flowers are also traditionally used for curing colds, rashes, burns, stings etc.

Leaves of the plant are used for muscular pain and renal disorders.

The sap of the marigold stem is used to remove warts and corns.

Cosmetic preparations like skin lotions and perfumes are made out of marigold flower.