In a deity worship, flower (or Pushpa) is an important Upachara. It is thus included among both Pancha Upacharas and the Shodasha Upacharas.
Now, I know that the act is very much proscribed in scriptures. I have read that in books.
But I have never found anything regarding the consequence of the act. In Hindu scriptures it is very common to find info like -- "you do this bad act and you'll have to suffer in this particular way either in this life or in the next."
So, here I'm looking for similar info from the scriptures.
- What is the consequence of performing deity worship using stale flowers?
BTW "stale flowers" here means "flowers that were plucked or bought on a day previous to the day when worship is performed". There are some flowers and leaves, however, that don't get "stale for ritual purposes" that soon. For example Bliva leaves and Tulasi leaves retain "freshness" for longer periods.