Flower Street in Little India Klang is like a florist centre. Besides jasmine flowers, we can also find cut flowers, bouquets, wreaths and other types of flower arrangements. It is indeed an enjoyable experience walking along the sidewalk and in and out the stores. For me, it is a valuable experiential lesson about Indian/Hindu culture and traditions.
The wreath above is made of multi-colour chrysanthemums, roses and ferns. Probably this wreath is for a celebration, e.g. opening ceremony?
“Flower Street at Little India Klang - Part 2 Flower Garlands”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on October 26th, 2011.
Can you see the light green dyed chrysanthemums?
This garland has red roses, white chrysanthemums, betel leaves and also Polianthes tuberosa flowers (bunga sundal malam). It is extremely fragrant. Roses and P. tuberosa are flowers carrying the scents of love and romance, hence perhaps these are for marital bliss and wedding rituals.
As we know, roses are opened throught the day while P.tuberosa blossoms open at night when they are the most fragrant. In Asia, we have a certain fascination with P. tuberosa.
It is called WanXiangYu (晚香玉) or "night fragrant jade", meaning "flower as precious as jade and becoming fragrant at night), or YeLaiXiang 夜來香 ("fragrance that comes at night") or YueXiaXiang 月下香 ( "fragrance under the moon"). In Indonesia it is called "bunga sedap malam", meaning night fragrant flower. (Source: Wikipedia)
Can anyone tell me what this garland is used for?
It has "Durva Grass". Hindu devotees offer this garland to Lord Ganesha (Ganesh, Ganapati, Ganesa), the Elephant God. According to legend, there was once a ruthless demon that cause havoc not only to the people on Earth and also to the gods in heaven. Unable to contain the demon, they seek the help of Sri Ganesh who had a big belly. He captured the demon by swallowing it whole. This caused a burning sensation in his stomach and he was in agony. Many remedies were offered to treat the condition but nothing worked. A wise sage suggested collecting 21 stems of durva grass and offering it to Lord Ganesh who was subsequently cured. Until to this day, it is believed that when you offer durva grass to Lord Ganesh, your heart's desires will be fulfilled.
The scientific name for durva grass is Cynodon dactylon, common name Bermuda Grass. Most of us relate bermuda grass to sports and golf courses. In Hinduism and Indian culture, this grass also has medicinal uses besides the above mentioned.
These garlands have chrysanthemums, orchids and roses. It reminds me of the TV series Fantasy Island and also Hawaii and the exotic South Pacific islands.
Tourists who are visiting Malaysia can experience our rich Indian cultural heritage by visiting Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (oldest in Malaysia) in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee of Kuala Lumpur China Town. You can find the flower vendors selling these garlands there too.
The nice lady who was stringing the chrysanthemums in the earlier picture. Betel (sireh) and neem leaves can also be added to the floral arrangements depending on your purpose and specific requirements.
Where do you usually go when you buy flowers?