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Parijat plant or Harshringar or Night blooming jasmine is a very famous plant of South Asia and South east Asia. It generally can grow as a shrub or a small tree that can reach to 33 feet in height.
This flowering plant produces flowers in cluster that have white coloured six to eight corolla with an orange red centre which blooms only during night and is known for alluring fragrance that can make your garden divine.
Recently Indian Prime Minister Shree Narendra Damodardas Modi shared the importance of the Parijat plant and planted one in Ayodhya. If you are interested to know about this plant and the benefits then you are at the right page.
In the article I will discuss the spiritual connection, benefits and growing technique of parijat plant.
Spiritual Importance of Parijat
The origin of this plant is related to Samudra Manthan according to Bhagvata Purana, Mahabharat, and Vishnu Purana. It is said that Lord Indira the king of heaven used to grow this plant in his garden and Apsara Urvashi used to sit under the shade of this tree to get relief from stress.
After Lord Krishna defeated and killed the demon Narakasura, the king of heaven Lord Indira gifted parijat plant as a gift to Lord Krishna. He bought this plant from heaven to the earth and gifted to his beloved wife Rukmini.
There is very interesting twist that happened at this point of the story. Goddess Satyabhama the third consort of Lord Krishna is blessed by Goddess Aditi of heaven to remain young forever.
Later on from the effect of this amazing plant bought from heaven Goddess Rukmini also became young forever. A very famous devotee revealed this secret to Goddess Satyabhama.
After hearing the benefits and effects of this plant she started asking Lord Krishna for having this plant in her garden. Lord Krishna found a solution for this situation.
After that parijat plant started blooming in night in the garden of goddess Rukmini and by the morning the flowers used to fall on the ground in the garden of goddess Satyabhama that was just opposite to the garden wall of goddess Rukmini.
Goddess Satyabhama is believed to be an avatar of mother earth that is the nature’s form of goddess Mahalakshami.
Because of this reason the flowers of this plant that falls during night after blooming are collected and are offered to goddess lakshami.
How To Grow Parijat?
The most common asked question is:
Can we grow parijat plant in pot?
My answer is definitely yes. I am growing parijat plant in a earthen pot of 16 inch in diameter with having three drainage holes at the bottom that removes all the excess water from the pot.
From 5 years this plant is growing absolutely wonderful by following care tips that I learned while growing this plant. Let’s now discuss the growing technique of parijat in home garden.
You can start growing this plant from seeds or from stem cutting in the spring season to rainy season including summer season. In winters avoid germinating the seeds of this plant.
It loves the tropical climate of India and can grow well in northern plains of India as well as in the foothills of Himalayas.
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Q & A
Can we grow Parijat on roof?
Aditya Abhishek is an Agriculture Science student who focuses on learning and delivering knowledge on Agriculture and Home Gardening. He created Agriculture Review as a common platform for all nature enthusiast to learn better practices of agriculture and gardening.