I was thrilled to receive some exciting news from my good friend Brig. Chow a nature lover par excellence. In his own words “Monsoons are an exciting period for many reasons; one of them, for people like me, is the thrilling prospect of seeing the Brahma Kamals in their full glory. Well it was a full Moon on the 1st of July and dot at 9 at night we had a bonanza of these absolutely mesmerizing flowers, seven of them in a magnificent and literally blinding show of Natures charisma”.

Watching the Brahma Kamal bloom is sheer ecstasy more so as it only happens in the stillness of a dark night when nothing else is visible. And therefore it becomes easy to relate the magical effect of the Brahma Kamal’s bloom to the Divine! No wonder why a belief exists that anyone who sees the bloom of this mythical flower is blessed and will have all his or her wishes fulfilled. A Hindi quote I read seemed to convey this divine experience very well. Unfortunately it’s not easy for me to capture the essence of the quote in an English translation. So I request and invite some of my Hindi reader friends to make an attempt which I’d love to share with all our readers.

Well friends our blogger friend Raj (who blogs at https://graleview.wordpress.com/) has been kind enough to provide an excellent translation of the Hindi quote: Let me translate your Hindi couplet for you: “Who says Almighty is not visible? It is He who can be seen when everything else is invisible.,.”, very much like Brahma Kamal blooming in the dark, if we may say so…”!

Just bloomed

Just bloomed

Chow1 Though this rare phenomenon lasts only for a few hours for one night, it fills the home and heart of the faithful gardener with an abundance of joy and happiness. And as such Edna St. Vincent Millay quote which is also a favorite of Brig. Chow is perfect ~

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night, But Ah my friends and Oh my foes, it gives a lovely light”!

Cheers my dear friends🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Kamila Pala says:

    Beautiful photos and interesting text – thanks for sharing. Bye. kamila

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  2. Simona says:

    Buona Domenica🙂

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  3. impostorpawn says:

    And before i forget wow that translation makes for a fine piece of poetry…thanks for sharing this

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  4. impostorpawn says:

    what enchantment! I wish i could see it.great post

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  5. inesephoto says:

    Beauty of the flower is a proof that the Almighty is visible. Thank you for sharing the quote and photographs.

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  6. namitasunder says:

    Blooming of Brhamkamal , unfolding it’s petals in the silence of dark night is not a physical phenomenon . It’s ethereal, it’s divine. such a deep uplifting post and wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      How beautiful and perfect are your words to describe the divine and ethereal experience of the Brahkamal bloom.
      Only a person who loves nature can express such sentiments to appreciate the beauty of this amazing phenomenon.

      Regards and many thanks.

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  7. sindhoooo says:

    Brahmakamala! I remember we watched them blooming in one of my aunt’s garden and the fragrance they spread all around was awesome! Your clicks, the flowers and the divine feeling you shared through the words are wonderfully beautiful, Dilipji… Thanks for this sweet post🙂
    TC.. Keep smiling🙂

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  8. Such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. azmofo says:

    I love your story and the passion you expressed for having witnessed such a magical moment. Thank you for sharing this!

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  10. I had heard about this and it looks so beautiful!! And wonderfully described🙂

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  11. Wow.. what a wonderful experience Dilip to witness the Sacredness of these wonderful blooms birthing into the silent night..
    Magnificent.. And wonderful that Raj gave that lovely translation also.
    Wonderful photo’s…

    I wonder if anyone has ever thought to take a speeded up picture image of it emerging into bloom. What a delight to have it on film to see each petal unfolding..

    I feel very privileged that you shared this Dilip and apologies I am only just getting around to visit your post..

    Wishing you a continued wonderful Season of Growth..
    Love and Blessings
    Sue

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  12. Cecilia says:

    What a flower! What a beauty! And what a story around it, thanks for sharing.

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  13. What a special flower! I would love to see it! Can you record the blooming into a video/movie – it is truly a beautiful flower!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      I am so delighted you liked it too. I think that’s a wonderful suggestion will surely request a friend to help making a video on the bloom.
      Thanks and regards🙂

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  14. Alok Singhal says:

    Amazing blooms and nice to read about them…seems like God is presenting himself through them.

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  15. Belinda Crane says:

    This is such a beautiful post! It’s good to have reminders on stopping and looking at the wonders of nature, like this absolutely stunning flower! It is a true gift if you are lucky enough to see one🙂

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  16. Brahma Kamal, they look so beautiful and pristine. I don’t think I have seen any Where do you find them?

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  17. Simona says:

    SPLENDIDO WEEKEND ANCHE A TE!

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  18. VEDANT SHARMA says:

    Enlightened Pics !!

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  19. Wow, to be so fortunate as to be in the right time and place to witness something so lovely and magical. And the promise of all one’s dreams fulfilled? I would likely become quite the determined night hunter. And fairly sleep deprived because of it.

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  20. Binky says:

    That would certainly be a special event to witness firsthand. It’s great that we get to see it.

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  21. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to the capture.

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  22. Simona says:

    Happy Week! BACI

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  23. OH!! is it? That legendary Barhma Kamal !! THANK you so much Dilip for sharing this piece of joy….I’ve read so much about this flower..about the rarity of its bloom… just in love with the pictures….:-)

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  24. Rajagopal says:

    Your post on Brahmakamal blooming is like doling out a dollop of ecstasy, Dilip. Thanks for conveying what your Brig friend truly experienced. Let me translate your Hindi couplet for you: “who says Almighty is not visible? It is He who can be seen when everything else is invisible.,.”, very much like brahma kamal blooming in the dark, if we may say so…best wishes.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Raj thanks aplenty for your appreciation of Chow’s Brahmakamal experience.

      And to top it all your translation seems perfect as it does convey the essence of the Hindi quote! My sincere thanks.

      I now proceed to add it to the post!

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  25. Wow, so very beautiful. It must be an amazing experience.

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  26. First time I read about this magical flower was here and I am so glad that you share this rare beauty with us, this year. Thank you, my dear Dilip.

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  27. W have this plant. We call it Queen of the Night or Nile. But it hasn’t bloomed, and it’s almost 4 years old.

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