Why do we tie mango leaves in the entrance of our house?

Sacred Mango Leaves
In today’s post let us see the significance of the auspicious mango leaves. Why are mango leaves considered auspicious in Hinduism? It is a strong belief that the mango leaves in bunches absorbs negativity; in another words they are used to eliminate evil eyes (Drishti).

These leaves are considered to be sacred in Hinduism. Five leaves of this tree in a pot that are smeared with sindoor or vermilion is a usual site in any Hindu religious ceremony (Kalasha).

This auspicious mango leaves are embodied with many Gods and Goddesses. According to a legend the significance of tying a mango leaves relates to God Murugan and God Ganesha who are the two sons of Divine Shiva and Goddess Parvati, they were fond of mangoes.

It is said that God Murugan was the one who insisted people to tie green mango leaves, as it symbolizes as a fertile crop and for general well-being. Since then the mango leaves are considered to be very auspicious, apart from the belief that it removes negativity, these sacred leaves are also the symbol of propitiating the Gods and Goddesses and hence these leaves are tied in the entrance of our houses especially during the festival season.

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Let us all invoke the blessings of God Murugan and chant this beautiful Sloka.

Shadananam Chandana Lepithangam
Mahorasam Divya Mayura Vahanam
Rudrasya Soonum Sura Loka Natham
Brahmanya Devam Sharanam Prapadye

I seek refuge with the god, who is Brahman,
Who has six faces,
Who applies sandal paste,
All over his body.
Who is the great essence,
Who rides on a peacock,
Who is the son of God Shiva,
And who is the lord of the heaven.


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