Posted March 23, 2007on:
As you can see from the picture above, it has a beautifully decorated hood kind of structure that houses innumerable filaments with anthers on it. It looks like the hood of “Naga” the snake.
And the inner part of it contains the lone female part, stigma, sitting inside, as if protected by this hood of Naga.
The Stigma is small in size and it looks similar to a Shiva Linga, with a small pedestal(Ovary of Stigma) and a small linga(Stylum+Stigma combined).
All in all, its an awesome flower that matches with our imaginary Shiva Linga with a Naga’s hood encripting it.
Smell of it…amazing!!
One small trivia : It blossoms all over the tree, tree grows huge over the years. And this flower blossoms with sweet scent during the evening, in the twilight to be specific. But this stays open until Sun scrotches onn next afternoon.
Summer is the time for NagaLinga Pushpa.
Medicinal values it holds :
In Ayurveda, Nagakesara(sanskrit) is used extensively as an anti-inflammatory medicine.The volatile oils from the flowers show anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.It is one of the ingredients in the many preparations which cure gastritis, scabies, bleeding piles,dysentry,scorpion poison and many.
(Googleshwara helped me find this).
Bangaloreans can have a feel of it from the following places :
1. Shankara Mutt in Shankarapuram, Chamarajapet
2. Laal Baagh, near the West gate entrance
3. A few trees in front of National college Basavanagudi.
4. Bugle Rock(in front of Mallikarjuna temple)
(Remember, an early morning walk or late evening walk only will help you find them).
Brahma Kamala Star of Bethlehem
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A video I took(of this divine flower) yesterday is uploaded here.
Another bright picture of Brahma Kamala(Craddle of Jesus) :
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