Brahma Kamal — The Rarest Flower Digital Camera Image by Aashok GulatiAashok
I am a huge art lover and admirer. Art is like literature. I believe it has its own uniqueness and voice that tells a story of its own. Recently, I was scrolling down the internet to find the best artwork by renowned artists in the world. And I came across Aashok Gulati, India’s finest abstract artist at The Artling, an online gallery in South East Asia.
I started looking at his image, a flower picture and I found it unique and something was there that made me know about it. So, I began.
The artist named his flower image collection, “Foil Flowers Series”, which is exclusively available on the site. The flower picture mesmerized me at first glance. Thus, I wanted to know about the flower he captured through hues. I researched for hours and found a similar-looking flower named “Brahma Kamal”.
When I read about it, I found absolutely never-heard information linked to the Brahma Kamal.
Here is my research on the artist’s flower image (Brahma Kamal):
Brahma Kamal is a beautiful flower, found in the Himalayas, India. It is considered a sacred and rare flower. The flower represents the universe. Its significance is found in the great epic of Mahabharat, the Ramayana in Hinduism. The flower also has a holy connection to Sikhism and Buddhism.
I was stunned by reading about the flower that Mr. Aashok Gulati, an artist from India, painted. I wanted to know where Aashok Gulati found his inspiration to paint the Brahma Kamal. And what is the meaning of “Brahma”?
As per Hindu scriptures, Brahma is the creator of the universe. And Brahma Kamal is claimed to have blossomed from the belly of Lord Vishnu, from which Brahma emerged.
The flower image by the artist Aashok Gulati is one of the five divine flowers (Pancha-Kamala) of Vishnu, which includes the Lotus, Chamara,
Kumkuma, and Nagakeshara. It is used to worship the devotees of Vishnu.
However, while reading, another question came into my mind; Where has he seen the flower?
Minutes later, I found that Brahma Kamal can be seen in the Hemkund Valley of Uttrakhand. And this alluring beauty blooms only a night between July and September. I got to know that the artist must have visited Uttrakhand, a Himalayan region of India.
He might have got enchanted by this gorgeous and heavenly-scented flower and decided to paint it so the world knows about it.
Aashok Gulati’s “Foil Flowers Series” isn’t an ordinary one. It has an even deeper meaning and connection to divinity and universal truth, which I discovered. However, the internet doesn’t have much detailed information about Brahma Kamal. “The artist might have known even more than what I found.” I thought.
Here is what I came through:
A Symbol of Divinity and Purity
Brahma Kamal is regarded as the most sacred of all flowers. It signifies purity and divinity in Hinduism. Its single petal contains over 1 billion atoms, as per research. And this fascinating information makes it the largest known phenomenon on the globe.
Isn’t this piece of information great?
Further, I read, the flower was formed by Brahma himself when he was ruminating. He used all his power to create the universe from nullity.
Spiritual Significance of Brahma Kamal
The flower is a mythological plant and considered auspicious, used by Lord Vishnu to worship Brahma.
In another article, I found the Bhagavat Gita also contains the significance of the flower and it represents the supreme beauty, perfection, and spiritual energy of God. The spiritual seekers of India
have often used this flower for meditation and to gain peace and calmness.
Myths Linked to the Brahma Kamal
This charming flower grows at altitudes of over 4,000 meters and blooms at the Hemkund Sahib Lake. And there are several myths and tales associated with this flower.
- In the Buddhist legend, Brahma Kamal is declared as “The Flower of All Flowers” or “Dasavaataara”.
- Another legend says Draupadi used Brahma Kamal to show her devotion to Lord Krishna.
- The flower is offered to the Goddess Nanda Devi, the incarnation of Parvati: the consort of Lord Shiva by her devotees during Nanda Ashtami.
The Bottom Line
Mr. Aashok Gulati, the abstract artist of Delhi, India, must have worked on this mythologically admired, auspicious, and rarest flower for decades. He might have studied it for years in order to bring the essence of the flower to life through colours. And finally got ready to name his flower image collection, “Foil Flowers Series”, exclusively available to The Artling, an online gallery in South East Asia in partnership with Startbahn. It offers every artwork for sale under NFT so that the artwork can be easily viewed and managed.