Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton.
Common Name:Arabian Jasmine, Moghra (Hindi), Kundumalligai (Tamil), Mallika (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India, cultivated
In Religion and Mythology
The tree is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
The third avatara of Lord Vishnu was varaha, a boar. Varaha is generally depicted having a boar’s head on a human body. Varahi is the Hindu Goddess Durga in the form of a wild boar. She is regarded as the consort of varaha and one of the saptamatrikas (seven fierce forms of Goddess Devi).
Consumption of pig meat – pork – is forbidden or considered haraam by muslims . A vast majority of Hindus also avoid pig meat although it is beef (cow meat) that is forbidden by the religion.