The Magic & Glory Of The Brahma Kamala

There is a saying in Hindi that goes “bantne se pyaar badtha hai”, meaning the love multiples or increases when shared.  I think this is especially true for plants – the joy and shared love for growing things, greenery & seeing things blooms. I recently experienced this with the Brahma Kamala.

Thanks to growing up on the lush green IISc Campus, I always was fond of plants and feel at home in a garden. Though I live in a community that has beautiful lawns and trees, I missed the garden. I finally succumbed to temptation and started a balcony garden in 2017 and it has grown so much in 6 years!

During the pandemic years, my own balcony garden thrived – may be due to the extra time spent tending to the plants. Many people also took to gardening during this time as a stress buster. This gave me the idea to start a Plants Exchange group in my community where we share cuttings, saplings, and extra plants that we may not need. The intention is to spread joy and do our wee bit for the green revolution. The group works on pure exchange or sharing and no selling of plants is allowed.

One of the earliest plants that I got, maybe in 2018, was the Brahma Kamala. At that time I didn’t know what it actually was. The name sounded very nice so I bought it off a lady for Rs.100 who was moving cities and hence selling her plants. I researched the plant and was quite enchanted. I got my first blooms in 2019 and after I proudly shared the pictures, I got many people showing interest in the plant. So I started propagating and gifting it to friends and family. I must have shared the cuttings with more than 30 homes since 2020 and many of these have started giving their first blooms this year. It brought me such joy to see the pictures each person shared so proudly this last month!

What Is The Hype About Brahma Kamala

The Brahma Kamala is usually grown in the hilly regions of Uttrakhand and is its state flower. The flower and plants in the hills look a bit different than the ones that are grown here.

It is a white flower that blooms slowly over six hours to reach its full splendor. The season for the blooms is usually from May to August. Each flower blooms only once for one night. The buds start to fill out by evening and are in full bloom by midnight. By sunrise, it closes up and droops. The flower is beautiful to look at and there is a fragrance to it too that fills one with joy & a sense of well-being.

The Significance Of The Plant & Flower

As per mythology, Lord Brahma sits on a white lotus. Hence the name – Brahma Kamala. The flower finds a positive mention across many mythological stories like Ramayana & Mahabharata. It is considered auspicious to be used in the worship of Lord Shiva. The leaves are also considered to have medicinal properties.

Propagating The Brahma Kamala

New leaves and flowers come out from the nodes of the leaves. In fact, it is quite simple to grow a new plant. Just snip off a piece of the leaf or even the stem, put it in the soil and a new plant will take root.

Caring For The Plant

You can water the plant daily. But don’t water it if the soil still has moisture.  Overwatering can make the leaves brown and eventually kill the plant. The plant needs to be kept outdoors but grows best in indirect sunlight. It is also recommended to not frequently change the location of the plant so the light remains consistent.

Be Patient! Wait For The Blooms

The plant grows quite fast and you will find shoots coming off from the leaves at all angles. You can prune a bit to manage the plant but it may take 2-3 years for the first blooms to appear. So be patient, let the plant take its time and bloom! Don’t give up and discard the plant.

Personal Tip – During the season, I find light spraying of water over the leaves helps the little buds appear.

Once the tiny buds peep out from the leaf nodes, it will take around 2 weeks to reach 4-5 inches. They are still greenish during this time. When it is ready to bloom, the buds will be white. By that evening, the buds fill out and look like they have air filled in them. Now keep watch over the buds as they start blooming slowly – after waiting for so long, you don’t want to miss D-Day!

Here is a little glimpse of the recent blooms from my balcony garden!

Have you come across any such rare and beautiful plants? Do share your story through the comments below.


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Monidipa Dutta.

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  1. always wanted to write something on this flower but never knew what. great blog post on the queen of the night!!!

  2. Your video is so beautiful. Truly a midnight beauty like Cindrella! I would like to grow one, but Delhi has such fluctuating weather that it would be difficult to say if the plant would last. Your post really explains the growing and taking care process well.

  3. Fantastic Fantastic and Fantastic this is what I feel to say for this post. I have immense love for flowers and gardening and so this post I felt crafted for me. It blooms at my parents place but in my garden and I find immense peace when I look at it. Thank you for enriching my knowledge with such quality information about this amazing flower.

  4. The blooms look lovely! I had seen this much-hyped flower during one of my visits to the hills but did not know that they propagate easily and are not that tough to grow at home, or could survive the city weather. Now I am getting all dreamy about having one in my balcony garden!

  5. Absolutely fantastic description of Brahma Kamala. It is a flower of the Gods, a rare and special species. Thank you for sharing so many details, Vasumathi. I didn’t have any idea about them until now.

  6. The blooms look so beautiful. Love how you have shaped up your balcony. We had a Brahma Kamal plant when we were in Agartala but lost with in the posting.

  7. I have heard about the Brahma kamal many time but truly read on details is tru your post. It very nice to know the characteristics of flowers I feel its more than just the beauty and fragrance they give us.

  8. While reading your post, a smile formed on my face as I could sense the joy of growing a balcony garden. Sharing plant cuttings with one another is a wonderful concept. I appreciate you expanding my knowledge by providing such valuable information about this incredible flower.

  9. Sharing cuttings with friends and seeing their plants bloom is such a joy, isn’t it? Loved the video. We lost most of our plants with the ongoing construction. Hoping to get in Brahma Kamal this time. The tips are definitely going to come in handy.

  10. That is quiet informative way of writing about plants and the way you told about the watering, your memories with the flower is always a delightful read.

  11. Beautiful pictures. Braha kamalam is a treaure. One of my friend actually kept watching it bloom in stages even in the middle of the night. I’ve heard that it is a delight to watch.

  12. Shalini R says:

    Love your balcony garden! We’ve had this flower at my Dad’s home and I can totally understand the anticipation and waiting with bated breath to see it bloom. Wow! Such an exotic plant! Thank you for writing this. Took me back home 🙂

  13. I’ve heard a lot about Brahma Kamal and it’s significance but haven’t gotten around to growing it yet. Looking at your garden I wish I can find one soon too.

  14. Kaveri Chhetri says:

    Somehow I knew this post was coming Vasu😉. Because of the hype I was tempted to take a cutting from you too but the plant is huge and I don’t have so much space for it. so i decided to sit and admire the blooms of my friends😊.
    Lovely video btw

    1. Aastha says:

      This is such an informative post and the way you have mentioned about its significance shows how much you adore it

  15. I have been infected by the hype of Brahma Kamal since I was very young, as my mom is a plant enthusiast, but we never had. Right now one of my cousins, who has a green thumb, has multiple Brahma Kamal plants in his garden.
    I love your balcony garden. I am a pandemic plant parent. earlier, I only had few houseplants that I used for styling my home. But now, I am a true plant mom.

  16. Disha Nath-Sepoy says:

    What a wonderfully written post Vasu. I’m one of the lucky ones who were introduced to this mystical plant and got cuttings from you.
    Today, after waiting for 3 years, I FINALLY noticed 3 buds. Cannot wait for them to bloom. Thank you Vasu.

  17. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    I wasn’t familiar with this plant at all, it looks beautiful! Lovely to see your balcony garden thriving.

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