Saturday, June 20, 2009
Botanical Name : Couroupita guianensis
Family : Lecythidaceae
Hindi : Nagalinga नागलिंग , Tope gola तोप गोला
Kannada : Lingada mara, Nagalingam
Marathi : Sivalingam
Tamil : நாகலிங்கம் Naagalingam
Cannon ball flowers are considered of special significance in Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka.
The trees are grown extensively in Shiva temples in India. It is called the 'nagalingam' tree in Tamil. The flowers are called 'Shivalinga flowers', 'Nagalinga Pushpa' in Kannada, 'Nagamalli flowers' or 'Mallikarjuna flowers' in Telugu. It is considered a sacred tree among Hindus because the flower resembles a nagam or a sacred snake on the central large shiva lingam and numerous shivalingams around.
Posted by shibu V at 9:19 PM