Dayana Leaves regarded sacred as Tulshi, but few people know about it. The botanical name of
this plant is Artemisia nilagirica ( vulgaris ) also named as Indian Wormwood, Fleabane, Mugwort
Hindi: नागदोना Nagdona, दवना Davana •Manipuri: লেইবাক ঙৌ Leibakngou Marathi: ढोरदवना Dhordavana, Gondhomaro Tamil: மக்கீபூ Makkippu Malayalam: മക്കീപൂവൂ Makkippuvu, മാസീപത്രീ Masipatri Telugu: Masipatri •Kannada: Manjepatre, Urigattige Bengali: নাগদানা Nagadana
Oriya: ଦୟଣା Dayana • Konkani: Surpin •Assamese: নীলম Nilum • Sanskrit: नागदमन Nagadaman, दमनक Damanak.
Aromatic smell of Dayana keep the insect away, this is the reason at Jagannath Temple Puri Dayana Leaves are used in wooden Lord worship. In Hindu mythology Dayana leaves are Lord Narayan Favorite element of decorating as like Tulsi. Jagannath Temple ritual like Dayana Chori, Chalnati Pratima Rama Krusna are taken to Jagananth Ballabha Matha. As per rituals Lord Jagananth forcefully take the Dayana Leaves from NadanKanana of Indra Moharaj and wear on his hand. The Festival enact likely in Garden of Jagananth Ballabha Matha. The festival is named as Dayana Chaturdashi, representative of Balalavadra and Jagannath are know as Rama Krushna are taken in a procession to Jagananth Ballav Math they pick some leaves of Dayana without noticing of any one. Dayana Choriis also named as Damanaka Chaturdasi.