From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

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[1] he loved to wear a garland[2] of flowers available in a forest.[3] They must be fresh flowers of all varieties with a large kadamba[4] flower in the center.


  1. Gokula is a small village situated in a forest area.
  2. Garland means mālā.
  3. Forest means vana.
  4. Kadamba means Nauclea cadamba.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore