Two sisters Calotropis procera & Calotropis gigantea speaking in the streetHello sister Procera why are you so happy now? asked Gigantea
I am happy as the VInayak Chathurthi is fast approaching this year on 5th Sep 2016- Procera replied.
Yes I am also awaiting for the day as the people of this region only remembers us on this day and they pluck all flowers of us and put a mala for Vinayak – Gigantea
Why are you joining with me because of late, people started cultivating you for the sake of doing vinayak statue and praising you as lucky plant – Procera
Don't worry sister. We are already have our own pride and even we are called as crown flower with the shape of our 5 pointed petals and a centre crown shaped rising holds the stamens. In fact I am jealous of you with your colour of lavender as we always in cluster and cluster of lavender is more beautiful while I am white. But I am really laughed with the myth of attaching lucky when they do vinayak idol with me –Gigantea
Yes I too feel happy with the name of Crown attached with our name. I do not understand why you say that as a myth? – Procera
I really felt with the superstitions of people because even with a small mud people do with their hands, it will be considered as Vinayak and can be performed puja and only strong devotion and faith will fulfill all the wishes of people – Gigantea
OK. I accept your explanation about idol. But in Ayurveda people use only you for their medicine – Procera
No. though they generally refer gigantea but when it comes to Sanskrit or any other Indian language name, both of us are called in same name(Arka in Sanskrit, Madara in Hindi). But still if people who are not professional handled wrongly with the use of us, the milk produced in the latex will be poisonous and even recently I have heard that a lady who plucked the flower to help another person to reduce the pain of swelling on the wrist, did not wash her hand properly and rubbed her eyes caused her eye vision worsened. – Gigantea
Yes Sister, even I pray to our god Vinayak that whoever plucked us for this Vinayak Puja to do malas should take care while handling the flowers – Procera
That reminds me, that we are very favourite to lord Vinayak and we can be proud that we are very nearer to Lord- Gigantea
Oh! Thank you sister. I am eagerly waiting for the person who is nearer to us in the street who always made good mala with us and awaiting for the moment she is going to perform puja. – Procera
On the puja day, when we garlanded the Vinayak along with other garlands like marigold and other flower decorations of Lotus,white lilies, hibiscus, green grass, thulsi leaves and we may be feel like amidst the flower garden though these many days we are alone and away from other plants-Gigantea
Oh. Very nice please tell me about other things that will happen in puja-Procera
According to the region base, there are slight variations in performance but surely there will be common thing which is favourite food for Vinayak(purchased for this day made of clay) is Modak and other special varieties of food to offer and that will be kept in front of us and people will chant mantras and do aratis in the morning. Afterwards they will do another puja next day called Puna puja and keep away the idol from puja room to immense. Mostly people forgot to remove us from the idol that makes the water polluted-Gigantea
We have to pray for that also that people should be aware of other healthy and hygienic practices too along with puja-Procera.
Let us enjoy the puja day when some one do mala with our flowers.
This is entry for Ganesh Chathurthi offering contest