Friday, June 20, 2008

The Bramha Kamal

The Bramha Kamal is a rare lotus named after lord Brahma, the creator in Indian Mythology. It is considered very lucky to see it bloom and blooms around midnight. White it blooms the buds emit a strong fragrance. The buds start late evening after sunset and reach full bloom by midnight. This bloom only survives for that single night….
The Brahma Kamal, the much reverred flower of the Himalayas, is an excellent example of plant life at the upper limit of high mountains (3,000-4,600 m). The flowerheads are actually purple, but are enclosed in layers of greenish-yellow, papery, boat-shaped bracts. The flowers bloom at the height of the monsoons and abundant in high-altitude places like Shrikhand Mahadev (Great Himalyan National Park) and The Valley of Flowers. The bract-cover provides the warm space needed to bloom in the cold mountains. The flowers are used as offering in the hill temples, like the shrines of Badrinath. The thick curved root of the plant is applied to bruises and cuts, as part of local medicine. Brahma Kamal is the state flower of Uttarakhand. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.


Sanju Paul said...

this is inafact beautiful. i enjoyed each n every part of this info. Kullu has many treasures

Manish said...

this the Haven on earth as i wish to include some words that are HARR HARR MAHADEV................
in case nybody wants to go to srikhand please make sure that you have professional shoes,glucose,dry fruits,soap,medicines and rain coat emergency light and if you are carrying cams please carry extra batteries and comfortable clothes that can help you in climbing
my experience was cool and i enjoyed the yatra very well