From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
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.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore