Botanical Name : Couroupita guianensis Family : Lecythidaceae Hindi : Nagalinga नागलिंग , Tope gola तोप गोला Kannada : Lingada mara, Nagalingam Marathi : Sivalingam Tamil : நாகலிங்கம் Naagalingam Malayalam: Nagalingam 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.