Have you ever wondered why a flower is debarred forever from being offered in worship? Why Lord Shiva cursed Ketaki flower?
We offer flowers to all gods and consider them auspicious. Ketaki (also known as umbrella tree or Screw pine or keura) flowers hold special significance in Indian culture as these are highly fragrant and are even used for making aromatic oils and perfumes. But Ketaki flower is not worshiped in Hindu rituals. The mystery behind his will shock you!
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Mythology- Why is the Ketaki flower not used in Worship?
Once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were quarrelling about who was more supreme. The argument took a nasty turn and both of them got ready for battle. All Gods were horrified at the intensity of the battle. Shiva then in the midst of battle appeared in the form of a column of light.
Both Brahma and Vishnu were surprised by the cosmic pillar of light and decided that whoever found the top or the bottom of the fire first would be superior.
So, Vishnu went in one direction and Brahma the other. Vishnu did not find the end and gave up. But Brahma decided to trick Lord Shiva. While he was on the search of the end, He found Ketaki flower and requested that flower to speak lie about reaching the top. The Ketaki flower agreed
Brahma said that he found a beginning. After this the Pillar of light (Lingam) immediately changed into a form of Shiva who called Brahma a liar.
Shiva said “nobody can measure the limits of infinity. Without my grace no one can reach the top of the Shiva Lingam, Ketaki flower is lying!”
Shiva sentenced him to be little observed in the divine ceremonies. He cursed Brahma that he and Ketaki flower would never be worshipped.
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