Friday, December 2, 2011

Oh! Goddess Lalitha! Thou art fond of Mandara flowers! And they are trying to reach out to you from our house!

Hibiscus flowers are called Mandara Puvvulu in Telugu. These beautiful flowers are considered very dear to Gods and Goddesses. In Sri Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram – the sacred Hindu text or mantra, Goddess Lalitha that is Goddess Durga, Goddess Parvati is addressed as Mandara Kusumapriya, meaning one who adores Mandara flowers. What prompted me to write this article is the way the Hibiscus plants in our house have bloomed and seem to be reaching out to the Gods in the sky. The colorful and pretty plants and flowers can be seen in the accompanying photographs.
Hibiscus flowers are also popularly known as Shoe flowers and China Roses locally. We have four Hibiscus plants in our house which give us Red, Pink and White flowers and the fourth one; flowers with Red cluster of petals, more than the usual five. You can see all these varieties of flowers in the attached pictures, the White flowers are at the back and appear small.
You may click on the following link to see an animated view of one of the four plants, with over thirty flowers and listen to the chanting of Lalitha Sahasranamam:

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