Introduction:

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever “

Flower displays God’s finest workmanship in the world. The very word ‘flower’ brings in a feeling of a fresh breath. Flower stands as an epitome of all the earthly feelings love, sacrifice, and everything nice.

They are sometimes a subject of poetry and no description is complete without a reference being made to a flower. Flowers like the rose, lotus, tropical water lilies, dalais, etc. are famous for their beauty and glamour. Besides, there are many other popular and common flowers like lily, marigold, jasmine, China rose, chrysanthemum, etc.

Lotus is the National flower of India and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial. Untouched by the impurity in the dirty water that it grows in, it stands a symbol for the purity of heart and mind. This lotus in turn makes even the mud and mosses surrounding it look beautiful.

Flowers in business:

Floriculture is today a recognised profession which earns good income in a short span of time. Today, flowers are transported from one place to another earning good value. They are sometimes exported to various countries depending on the demand.

Floristry or flower arrangement is today an art, which is very lucrative and has a high scope in hotels, conferences, marriages and various celebrations. There are many professionals who are employed because of knowing the art of arranging flowers. Ikabana is a Japanese way of flower arrangement. Flower garlands are today used in religious functions, marriages, opening ceremonies of many establishments and residences, etc.

Flowers in rituals:

In Indian culture flowers are associated right from the time of birth where flowers are involved in every ceremony from the cradle ceremony to the birthdays and at the same time, it is in a cradle of flowers that we take the departed ones on his/her last abode. Flowers serve as a witness to all auspicious occasions.

 

Significance of flowers in Indian Mythology:

Flowers have always been an indivisible part of the mythologies of many cultures amongst which the Indian mythology occupies a prominent place. It is believed that flowers served as the throne of gods and goddesses of which Lakshmi known to be the goddess of health and wealth is believed to use the flower lotus. They find importance as offerings to deities.

Lord Brahma is believed to be the creation of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Bramha was born on a lotus which originated from Lord Vishnu’s naval and there are many more such stories in which flowers find prominence.

Flowers having medicinal values:

There are many flowers that have medicinal and aromatic properties which are used in the manufacture of ayurvedic medicines that cure many diseases. Some flowers are used in making perfumes, beauty products, herbal drinks, etc. The presentation of flowers to the sick itself evinces the healing properties of flowers and their significance.

Resemblance of life with flowers

Flower is like a mother that bears the seeds of the plant. It means that flower also symbolizes the life cycle of motherhood wherein the seeds germinate into a plant. They teach us to live for the pleasure of others. I believe that a flower that blossoms for a day on the plant is of more value than an Oak that lived a hundred years. Irrespective of it being dead or alive it teaches us to scatter mirth/gaiety and beauty wherever we go. The systematic arrangement or alignment of the petals of a flower is indicative and suggestive of leading a systematic and disciplined life. I would also say that a flower is impartial as it imparts the sweet fragrance wherever it is used irrespective of the caste and creed and coaxes us to break all the narrow walls that have been setup in the minds of people. The endurance of the flower to squalls and the sun, directs us to be courageous in our lives come what may.

Ornamental Value of flowers:

Flowers act as an ornament complementing the beauty of the person using it. They serve as an ornament without which a bride remains incomplete. They act as decorations at many occasions enhancing the beauty of the place. They are used for decorating houses and temples, and allude in weddings and festivals like diwali, Ganesh Pooja, Christmas, New Year, etc.

Flowers and tourism:

In many countries there are gardens which exhibit a variety of flowers that will attract tourists from different places generating revenue. Flower shows have become the pride of some places where people vie with each other to compete and showcase their produce. This has led to advances in grafting of various species of plants so as to bring about extraordinarily flowering plants. Tissue culture has also enhanced, creating better varieties of flowers.

Flowers and astrology:

Specific flowers are found to be appealing to those who belong to an astrological sign. So, it is obligatory to know what flowers to be gifted to our beloved ones with respect to their zodiac sign since the appeal to flowers and benevolentness of flowers to their zodiac sign differs.

Hence, there are very many utility values of flowers in our life that gives us happiness, glory and satisfaction.

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