Marigold is one of the flowers commonly used in garlands and offerings to Hindu deities especially in the northern parts of India.
Among the Gonds - aboriginal tribes of Central India – a legend connects the origin of the Gendha with Gondmuli, their folk deity. It is believed that Gondmuli abducted the wife of another God and in a fierce battle, the other God emerged victorious after cutting off Gondmuli’s head. Gondmuli’s wife wept as she dragged back her husband’s body. She dropped her hairpin and a marigold sprouted, water by her tears, from the place the hairpin landed. The flower was known as ‘Gonda’ and eventually the name ‘Gendha’ evolved.
(Legend source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=32077)