LOTUS ,THAMARA, NELUMBO NUCIFERA

 

Nelumbo nucifera

Nelumbo nucifera

Have you ever  traced  the whisper  soft murmuring sound  of lotus  bud  as it opens  so early in the morning!!It might be a meditative and mystical experience;;that  you have not come across!

lotus .nelumbo nucifera

lotus .nelumbo nucifera

Thamara or lotus always  bore a lot of synonyms in malayalam. pankajam  ,ambujam,aravindam.kamalam/.varijam.jalajam,padamam..  ulpalam.in this way it continued to haunt us in malayalam literature.This proves the iconic nature of the word ‘and the influence of the flower in Indian aesthetics.

AS THE BUD OPENS !

AS THE BUD OPENS !

Its a sacred flower for both  the Hindus and the Budhists.

lotus fields

lotus fields

.Lotus in india and egypt symbolises the union of four elements.earth water.,air and fire.   roots in earth    ,grows in water.
breaths the air,blooms through the fire of suns light.poets have established close connection between sun and the lotus flower as they did in the case of moon and water lilly.

lotus ,nelumbo nucifera

lotus ,nelumbo nucifera

.Hindus rever gods like Vishnu and Brahma  and goddesses like Lakshmi and Saraswathi bear lotus associations. ” ya   swedapadmasanapadmasana”  the person who sits on a white lotus ! ;The lotus springs from the navel of  lotus eyed Vishnu who is deeply submerged in yoganidra!!

LOTUS ,NELUMBO NUCIFERA

LOTUS ,NELUMBO NUCIFERA

.The smell of lotus becomes so sensuous and obsessive when  M T vasudevan nair  draws  parallels between the smell of Panchali’s sweat and lotus fragrance.

lotus, nelumbo nucifera

lotus, nelumbo nucifera

Lotus is an acquatic plant belongs to monotypic family .The lotus plants have long stems .The stems contain air spaces in them

lotus leaf

lotus leaf

Lotus leaves are ,usually rounded and large which can be up to 30 cm radius, and float on the surface of the water .

lotus buds

lotus buds

The rhizome of the plant is buried horizontally through the mud and carries out the function of the root.
The lotus flowers have many petals overlapping in a particular pattern.

circular seed pod

circular seed pod

There is a distinctive circular seed pod in the flower.

Lotus is the favourite flower of different Hindu deities and profusely used in lord  Vishnu temples .Lotuses are usually found in two colours .white and pink..Flowers ,seeds,young leaves,and rhizomes are edible.It is an essential raw material for production of different  Ayurvedic medicines.

thamarathoni !

thamarathoni !

Pink lotus is the the national flower of India.Its reported that 1300 years old seeds were recovered from a lake bed in china.!Let it survive till dooms day !