Parijat – Night Flowering Jasmine

There is something fresh, sweet, beautiful about these night jasmine flowers aka parijata. When October comes and these flowers bloom, they carpet the ground with their beautiful white and orange shades.

  • Parijat
  • Harsingar
  • Jasmine
  • Coral Jasmine
  • October flowers
  • Autumn flowers
  • Indian Night Jasmine
  • Hengra bubar
  • Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, so many names, and such lovely feel it radiates.


The word ‘parijat’ literally means descended from or celestial. No wonder, the name ‘Harsingar’ translates into God’s ornament. The flowers of parijat bloom at night and this is why they are called night-flowering jasmine. It is called ‘Shefali’ in Bengali. Also called as sepalika In Sri Lanka.

In other words, It is also called Kalpavriksha – a tree that fulfills every desire in your heart and what you may ask for it.  In the local language, it is referred to as ‘Raat ki rani’- simplifying the supernatural phenomena that the plant can thrive without Sunlight.


I have even read that According to Bhagavata Purana, Mahabharata, and the Vishnu Purana, parijat flowers were produced as a result of samundra manthan.

In addition, In North-East India, parijat is known as bewail or shiuli. In Bengal, it is added to fish recipes and to make the fish curry more aromatic. parijat comes with its unique share of medicinal benefits.

Parijat - night jasmine flower

वो सफ़ेद सुन्दर सी पंखुड़ियों की छतरी

केसरिया सी उन्हें थामने की वो नाजुक़ छड़ी

टहनी से टूट कर बिखरने की वो आस,

धरती से मिलने का जहाँ होगा आगाज़

मिटटी से उठा के जो तुमने छुआ है,

तेरे हाथों में महकु ये तो किस्मत का लिखा है

In conclusion, I’m sharing my #TreeLove with –

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#ThursdayTreeLove blog hop, a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur

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This is my Love Your planet “Earth” post.

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13 Responses

  1. Such beautiful lines, just apt for this beautiful flower 🤍🧡 ….. Not to forget it’s exotic fragrance.

  2. arv says:

    Thanks for the information os Parijat, I have never seen this flower.

  3. Natasha says:

    Such gorgeousness. These are my favourite flowers and we call them Shiuli in Bengali. They teach me so many lessons and I love to gather them every single autumnbeestb morning and decorate my home with their enchanting beauty.
    They are indeed a mystical blessing.

    Thank you so much for joining me this #WW with these mystical flowers that are my best friends.
    Will go live again in sometime. Join anytime in the next two weeks. 🙂

    And yes, loved your poem on them Pragun.

  4. Archana says:

    Beautiful tree and one of my favourites!! Thanks for featuring this on TTL!! 🙂

  5. Ruchi says:

    They are so beautiful and fill the air with lovely aroma

  6. These are one of my favorite flowers and I do miss them in Bangalore. Recently in Gurgaon, I had a chance to see them more and loved them. Thanks for sharing and joining. I also enjoyed the details you shared, the many names. Thank you Pragun.
    I hope to see you back tomorrow.

    • Ahhh glad they are mine favourite too. I miss them when in mountains… But they are a beauty to capture. I have myself loved my tree 🌲 love journey being with your #treelove

  7. G Angela says:

    Interesting post and beautiful pictures:)

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