The Agni Purana

by N. Gangadharan | 1954 | 360,691 words | ISBN-10: 8120803590 | ISBN-13: 9788120803596

This page describes Benefit of worshipping lord Vishnu with flowers (pushpa-puja-phala) which is chapter 248 of the English translation of the Agni Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas dealing with all topics concerning ancient Indian culture, tradition and sciences. Containing roughly 15,000 Sanskrit metrical verses, subjects contained in the Agni-Purana include cosmology, philosophy, architecture, iconography, economics, diplomacy, pilgrimage guides, ancient geography, gemology, ayurveda, etc.

Chapter 248 - Benefit of worshipping lord Viṣṇu with flowers (puṣpa-pūjā-phala)

Fire-god said:

1-6. (Lord) Viṣṇu would confer success in all ventures by worshipping (him) with flowers [i.e., puṣpa-pūjā/pūjana]. (The flowers for worship are): mālatī, mallikā, yūthī, pāṭalā, karavīraka, pāvanti, atimukta, karṇikāra, kuraṇṭaka, kubjaka, tagara, nīpa, vāṇa, barbara, mallikā, aśoka, tilaka, kunda (and) tamālaka would be good for worship. The leaves of bilva, śamī, bhṛṅgarāja, tulasī, and vāsaka (are deemed good) for worship. The ketakī leaf and flower, lotus and red lotus and others (are also good). But the arka, unmattaka, kāñcī, girimallikā, kauṭaja, śālmali [śālmalī?] and kaṇṭakārī flowers are not at all good for the worship. The bathing of lord Viṣṇu with a prastha (measure) of ghee would be equal) to the benefit (of making a gift) of a crore of cows. (By doing so) with āḍhaka one would become a king. One would ascend heavens (by bathing) with ghee and milk.

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