Sri Shiva Archana

What kinds of flowers are traditionally offered to Lord Shiva?

Shiva Archana is a way for devotees to express their reverence and seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva in their lives.

"During the ritual of Archanam, offering specific flowers to Lord Shiva is believed to result in immeasurable grace and infinite virtues. While Kumara Swami provides insights to Sage Agastya, explaining the distinctive significance behind offering these clearly defined flowers to Lord Shiva; the sacred texts, such as Shiva Tatva Sangraham and Smrithi Saram, outlines the hierarchy of these flowers.

Lord Subrahmanya to Sage Agastya

  1. Calotropis Flowers:

    The use of Jilledu flowers in the worship of Shiva is said to dissolve the wrongdoing related to adultery. Human beings often engage in mental adultery more than the physical act, leading to the accumulation of sin. Worshipping Shiva with Jilledu (Calotropis) flowers is believed to cleanse one of this transgression.

  2. Datura Flowers:

    When Shiva is adored with Black Ummettha (Datura) flowers, it is thought to absolve sins resulting from the breach of promises and the utterance of falsehoods.

  3. Shivamalle Flowers:

    To prevent the shortcomings arising from neglecting or blaming parents and causing them distress, it is recommended to worship Shiva with Shivamalle flowers.

  4. Bel leaves:

    Worshipping Shiva with Bel Leaves is believed to eliminate faults associated with donations to ineligible recipients. This practice is seen as a preventive measure against sins such as intentionally or unintentionally causing harm to a woman, a cow, or a child. Worship with Bel Leaves is seen as a safeguard against sins committed knowingly and unknowingly.

  5. Nerium Oleander Flowers:

    Worshipping Shiva with Ganneru flowers is believed to avert sins arising from unethical monetary gains and the indulgence in unrighteous wealth.

  6. Lotus flowers:

    The worship of Shiva with lotus leaves is said to prevent sins associated with criticizing and blaming others.

  7. Shami Leaves:

    Offering worship to Shiva with Jammi leaves is believed to prevent sins related to blaming the Vedas, Tattva Shastras, and Divine Shastras.

  8. Leucas aspera (Thumba) Flowers:

    The worship of Shiva with Tummi flowers is thought to prevent sins arising from deceit towards a friend or Guru.

  9. Kans Grass (Rellu) Flowers:

    Worshipping Shiva using Rellu flowers is considered to avert the sin of lying.

  10. Blue-Water lily Flowers:

    Worshipping Shiva with Blue Lily Flowers is thought to alleviate the effects of the Five Greatest Sins.

Shivarchana - Hierarchy of Flowers
(Shiva Tatva Sangraham & Smrithi Saram)

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