The close relationship between the Madurai malligai and religion has been evident from at least around the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries, when the region was ruled by the Nayak kings.
The malligai or jasmine plays a significant role in everyday lives.
It is used regularly for:

Puja and Prayer

Temple Alankaram

Decorating Doorways

Adorning the Hair

Making offerings for religious purposes

Adorning the pictures of deities at home

Garlanding the photographs or pictures of deceased ancestors

Making symbolic offerings or Gifts