It is this time of the season when this flower blooms. It starts to bloom from about 730 PM , has a full bloom around 10 PM, gives a very nice fragrance and fades away by midnight 3 AM. It is a very interesting flower , as it blooms only once a year and lives only for night. No wonder it is called the “Queen of Night”.
This flower is named after Brahma, the God of Creation (as per Hindu mythology). Brahmakamal is related with the story of how Brahma emerged from Vishnu’s naval in a lotus flower. This flower also has a lot of medicinal value. The phyllocaldes contain some active ingredients and show antibacterial activity according to many research papers.The stem is also used medicinally to cure dropsy and cardiac affections. Many use petals of the faded blooms to make soups which are supposed to have tonic and aphrodisiac medicinal properties.
As this flower blooms in night, for a photographer it is a delight and a challenge as we need to get this lens view with higher ISO and low light conditions. A Tripod is a must and with a lot of patience and some experiments with light and shadows, you can capture this beautiful flower.
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