Brahma Kamal – UPSC Prelims

  • Brahma Kamal (Saussurea Obvallata): It is a species of flowering plant native to the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (India), Mongolia, Burma and southwest China.It is also the state flower of Uttarakhand.
  • Named after? The flower is named after God Brahma who is believed to have created the universe. The flower only blooms for a few hours and is said to bring good luck and prosperity.
  • Significance: The flower also finds itself mentioned in the scriptures and is offered in many holy shrines including Kedarnath, Badrinath and Tunganath.
  • Uses: The flower is highly valued in Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda for its healing properties. It is extensively used by the local population to treat cuts and bruises.
  • Why in News: It has been spotted in the higher reaches of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.

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