By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vanamala, VanamAlA, Vanamaalaa
Vanamālā literally means ‘garland of forest flowers’.
If Viṣṇu’s garland is known as Vaijayantī, Kṛṣṇa’s is called Vanamālā. Since he spent his childhood days at Gokula he loved to wear a garland of flowers available in a forest. They must be fresh flowers of all varieties with a large kadamba flower in the center.
- Gokula is a small village situated in a forest area.
- Garland means mālā.
- Forest means vana.
- Kadamba means Nauclea cadamba.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore