Jasmine (taxonomic name Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family. It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers. . This flower has traditional, religious, social, spiritual and medicinal benefits. Jasmine Flower plays an important role in south India.
There is no south Indian wedding without fresh jasmine flowers. Fresh jasmine flowers are inevitable and one of the most important element in south Indian weddings, right from the wedding decor to the puja thali jasmine flower is unavoidable.
The vital part of south Indian bride’s hair do is fresh jasmine blossoms.
The wedding stage is decorated with fresh jasmine flowers. In south India, wedding and pheras mostly takes place in a decorated stage called Mandap. The mandap is decorated with jasmine along with marigold and other flowers of your choice.
The wedding garland which the bride and groom exchange are mostly made of jasmine flowers. This is a very common scene in South Indian weddings and it gives a vintage effect to the wedding.
Jasmine flowers are used in wedding Puja thali also. This along with other elements like betel leaf, coconut, turmeric etc which are used while doing the puja of the mangalsutra before the wedding happens.
Like the rituals in every wedding, Jasmine Flower is a very important element in South Indian weddings even today where the modern culture /style invaded weddings with new customs.Today’s weddings we can see flowers like Orchid & Marigold being used mainly while you will still get the fragrance of jasmine when you enter one of the South Indian Wedding’s.