The Chamoli district in Uttarakhand is home to mesmerising attractions like Badrinath Temple, Roop Kund glacier and Nanda Devi mountain. And of late, a host of beautiful Brahma Kamal flowers blanketed the beautiful valley. The Brahma Kamal or sacred lotus is a rare flower that blooms in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh from around August to mid-September. As per experts, due to the climatic changes and drop in tourist crowd, the flowers have again bloomed off-season. Also, Kaas Plateau in Satara is looking gorgeous with 350 varieties of flowers.
Rare Himalayan Flower Brahma Kamal Blooms Off-Season In Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District
The unique characteristic of the Brahma Kamal flower is that it only blooms after sunset. The Brahma Kamal, whose botanical name is Saussurea Obvallata, have purple flower heads enclosed in layers of boat-shaped, greenish-yellow petals. It usually grows only once a year, from August to mid-September at altitudes between 3500-3800 metres. Thanks to the climatic changes, lesser crowd of tourists and lack of pollution, the flowers have started blooming again around Nandikund in the higher zones of Rudraprayag. A video of the same has already gone viral on social media, leaving the netizens awestruck. Meanwhile, you can have your own DDLJ moment in sunflower fields of Karnataka’s Gundlupet.
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The Flower Is Used For Worship And Has Medicinal Properties Too
Holy shrines like Kedarnath and Badrinath offer the Brahma Kamal flowers while worshipping the deities. Brahma Kamal stands for ‘Lotus of Brahma’. Lord Brahma is believed to be the creator of the universe. The sacred lotus is around eight inches in diameter and takes about two hours to bloom. Also, the flower has many medicinal properties. Locals use it to heal cuts and bruises. It is also helpful in treating bone ailments, liver infections, cold and cough, etc.
If you happen to be an anthophile ( someone who loves flowers), this piece of news has definitely cheered up your mood. On that note, here’s a virtual tour through the world’s biggest tulip garden in Uttarakhand: