Scent of Shiuli, Beat of Dhak, Ma Durga is Back

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#31 Nov 30th, 2010, 00:23
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Parijat (Sanskrit) is another name for shiuli as is shefali. It features in many myths in Hindu tradition. In Hindi it is called Har Singar.

The tree blooms only at night and sheds all its flowers by morning making it ideal for use in pujas. In poetry its petals are compared to tears. It starts to flower at exactly the season of Durga Puja in West Bengal, which is why it is so closely associated with the season. All in all, a fascinating flower. There is also an Indian stamp bearing the Parijat tree and blossom, but my attempts to upload a picture of it have not worked. I therefore leave it to your imagination!
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Lovely write up TYD but unfortunately I'm a bit thick and don't understand a word of it. Pretty pictures though :-)
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post All in all, a fascinating flower. There is also an Indian stamp bearing the Parijat tree and blossom, but my attempts to upload a picture of it have not worked.


and adding to mousourik's collection... shiuli

this flower brings back snapshots of childhood...
if there was a shiuli tree in your house/neighbourhood - most kids would go pick them flowers off the ground, early morning, for the daily pujo [offering]

... and this is the cue for " dekho re nayan mele " open your eyes to the wonderment that surrounds you



you did say to use the imagination
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ek nombhor, Brishti!
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nombor



the pleasure is all mine and yours
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#36 Nov 30th, 2010, 20:10
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Shiuli is known as Parijatha (= Parijat) in Karnataka too.

However, the "Parijat Tree" (with flower and leaves) depicted in the stamps (post # 33) looks much like the Gandharaaj (Gardenia Jasminoides?). It most certainly is not Shiuli. I wonder if Parijat means different flowers at different places in India!
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Aha! It does get complicated doesn't it? I spent a long while yesterday evening googling about this plant and its close relatives. The internet wants us to believe that parijat (as depicted in the stamp above) is the same flower. Fascinating! Yes, probably there are local names for local varieties, that seems the best explanation. I am yet to find a satisfactory English translation for shiuli - night-flowering jasmine is the best I have found so far - but then it does not exist in England so why should there be a name for it?

It is, however, the emblem for West Bengal, is it not?
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While googling about Shiuli like you () I happened to see it described as the "official flower of Bengal" or something like that (whatever it means). I've never heard of this before. But it certainly is one of the most famous flowers of Bengal, -- perhaps because of its association with the region's biggest festival, the Durga Puja. Another "flower" associated with Durga Puja is the "Kash phool". You have to venture away from Kolkata to see it, but it is frequently seen in Durga Puja related pictures. Have you seen it? It is a type of grass that blooms in autumn. Here are some images of Kash phool:

http://www.durgapuja-images.com/2010...s-in-full.html

The description "night-flowering jasmine" of Shiuli I find to be somewhat misleading. Because the regular Jasmine itself flowers at night too!
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Funnily enough I saw my first vision of "Kash phool" just recently in Hampi! I recognized it immediately (familiar with the sight of it through Bengali films).

Definitely there is a need for a glossary of flowering plants in all Indian languages - there's a fine job for someone - there you are suricate! (Joking, obviously....)
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Great write up, TD. Takes me back too.

Unfortunately, my memories of Puja in Calcutta- living in Old Alipore- consist entirely of hoping like hell that those guys in Chetla would just stop so I could get back to sleep/study.
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Thanks, Captain!
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Oops, that should have been New Alipore, I think.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Definitely there is a need for a glossary of flowering plants in all Indian languages - there's a fine job for someone - there you are suricate! (Joking, obviously....)
You are at least as fit as I am for the job, because my knowledge of most Indian languages is unlikely to go beyond that of yours!
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The kash phool in Ray's Pather Panchali!!!!

Shiuli phota bhorer bela.....
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