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Jasmine Flowers and South Indian weddings

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.
south Indian bride
south Indian bride

south Indian bride
south Indian bride

 
A famous celebrity  bride
A famous celebrity bride

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.
 
South Indian wedding decor
South Indian wedding decor

South Indian wedding decor
South Indian wedding decor

 
South Indian muslim wedding decor
South Indian muslim wedding decor

 
 
South Indian wedding decor
South Indian wedding decor

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.
south Indian wedding garlands
south Indian wedding garlands

 
south Indian wedding garlands
south Indian wedding garlands

south Indian wedding garlands
south Indian wedding garlands

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.
south Indian wedding puja thali
south Indian wedding puja thali

 
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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.

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