Brahma Kamal - The Lotus of Brahma
Brahma Kamal is a sacred flower in Hinduism and Buddhism, which represents the universe. It is said to be one of the five sacred flowers (Pancha-Kamala) of Vishnu, along with the beautiful lotus, chamara, kumkuma and nagakeshara.
In Hinduism, Brahma Kamal is considered as the most auspicious of all flowers. It symbolizes purity and divinity. A single petal of this flower has been found to contain more than 1 billion atoms. This makes it the largest known object in the world. In Hindu mythology, Brahma Kamal was created by Brahma himself when he was meditating on his own form. He used his power to create the entire universe from nothingness. In Buddhist tradition, Brahmakamal is also referred to as "The Flower of All Flowers" or "Dasavaataara".
It is the state flower of Uttarakhand. The beautiful flowers which bloom only during the night are heavily scented.
Spiritual Significance of Brahma Kamal in Hinduism
Hindu Scriptures say that Brahma Kamal is a very auspicious flower and is one of the rarest flowers which is worshipped by Lord Vishnu. It is a mythological plant. According to the Bhagavad Gita, Brahma Kamal represents supreme beauty and perfection. In addition, Brahma Kamal symbolizes the Supreme Soul and the spiritual energy of God. According to Hindu scriptures, Brahma Kamal is used for meditation purposes. It helps one attain peace and tranquility. Brahma Kamal is believed to have medicinal properties too. It is said to help cure diseases like leprosy, tuberculosis, asthma, and other respiratory problems. It is also said to bring good luck and prosperity.
In Hinduism, Brahma Kumari is considered as one of the foremost saints who is associated with Brahma Kamal. She is regarded as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Brahma Kumari's devotees believe that she will bestow her blessings upon them if they wear Brahma Kamal during their prayers.
Brahma Kamalam is used for meditation purposes. They are worn by Hindus while doing daily rituals such as Puja and Yajna. They are also placed at home altars and temples. Some people even use Brahma Kamal for prayer purposes. They believe that wearing Brahma Kamal brings happiness, peace, and joy into their lives. According to ancient Hindu texts, Brahma Kamals are considered as a sacred plant and a revered flower. They are used for making garlands and wreaths. It is said that Brahma Kamal brings wealth and success to those who wear it. It is believed to attract money and material things towards you. It is believed that Brahma Kamal protects us from evil spirits and negative energies. Wearing Brahma Kamal is said to bring happiness and contentment into your life. It is believed to give you strength and courage to face challenges in life.
Brahma Kamal Medicinal Uses:
The Brahma Kamalam flower has been used for centuries to treat several ailments. It is said to possess many medicinal properties. It improves memory, treats insomnia, increases concentration levels, strengthens immune system, enhances digestion, boosts metabolism used to treat constipation, cleanses blood, heals skin disorder, simulates hair growth, used to treat cough and cold, clears sinuses.
The fragrance of Brahma Kamal is used in perfumery industries and in aromatherapy. It helps reduce stress, calms down nerves, and reduces anxiety.
How to Grow Brahma Kamal Plant at Home?
You can grow Brahma Kamal plants indoors or outdoors. The light should be bright but not direct sunlight. Make sure to keep the temperature between 18°C-25°C. Rich soil is preferred. Keep the soil moist all through the year. Watering must be done regularly. You can add some fertilizer once every month. After planting, water the seedlings well. You need to take care of these plants for about 2 months before flowering begins. When the time comes, you can start watering the plants less frequently. Once the flowers bloom, you need to remove the dead flowers. This way, you can enjoy fresh flowers throughout the year. The flowers bloom during the night and closes by sunrise.
Brahma kamal Leaves & Bud propagation
Propagation can be done by rhizome or stem. Every node can give rise to a new plant. Take a few nodes’ long 'leaf' or the stem and place it in soil vertically or horizontally and water it. In a few weeks’ time a new plant will grow from the nodal region and grow into a healthy plant. It is one of the easiest plants to propagate.
FAQ on Brahma Kamal
What is brahma kamal scientific name?
The scientific name of brahma kamal is Saussurea obvallata.
Can we pluck Brahma Kamal at night?
The flowers bloom only during the night. So to get opened flowers they have to be plucked at night.
What do I do with Brahmakamal at home after it has shrunk post full bloom?
Remove the withered bloom. This encourages new bloom.
Does the flower Brahma Kamal blossom at night?
Yes, it is a night - flowering plant. The flowers bloom at night.
Where is brahma kamal native to?
Brahma kamalam is native to the Himalayas.
How does brahma kamal reproduce?
Vegetative reproduction is common and easy for propagation.
Where to buy brahma kamal plant?
You can buy it online at UrbanMali plant store.
Can we pluck brahma kamal?
The flowers can be plucked and kept in a vase.
Is brahma kamal a cactus?
It is a succulent plant with fleshy succulent leaves.
Can we offer brahmakamal to god?
It has been used in religious offerings.
Is brahma kamal and dragon fruit same?
No. Both are two different plants. Brahma kamal is called Saussurea obvallata and Dragon fruit is called Selenicereus undatus
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