The fragrant Maruga (Kannada) bunches sells fast in South Karnataka markets during the Hindu month Shravana (Aug – Sept), as the leaves of this plant are offered to gods and goddesses on all the festivals that fall during this holy month.
Maruga – Marjoram leaves are offered to Lord Ganesha during 21 patra (leaves) pooja, while chanting the below mantra: “Om Phalachandraya namaha, Maruvaka Patram Samarpayaami”.
Marjoram is the common name and botanical name is Origanum Majorana and belong to Lamiaceae family (Mint family). Marjoram is one of the herbs often used in Italian cuisine.
The plant grows to a height of 30 to 80 cms with multiple branches. If the branches come in contact with soil, they root there and spread across. Leaves are fragrant, small, greenish grey, and oval. The flowers are extremely tiny and look like knots, giving the plant another name “Knotted Marjoram”.
Fragrant Oil is derived from Marjoram. All parts of the plants are used to cure ailments in different branches of medicines.
The leaves are also used in-between flower garlands to enhance the beauty.
Marjoram can be grown either by seeds or by cuttings. Hanging pots are very ideal for this plant. It has to be planted in well-drained soil rich in nutrients. The plant might get affected by spider mites or white fly. Use a organic pest repellent to control the infestation.