ಮಲೆನಾಡ ತಪ್ಪಲಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂಚೆ ಹೇರಳವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಈ ನಾಗಲಿಂಗ ಪುಷ್ಪ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ತೀರಾ ವಿರಳವಾಗಿದೆ. ಐದು ದಳ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಪುಷ್ಪದ ಆಕಾರವು ಹಾವು ಹೆಡೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿ ಲಿಂಗವನ್ನು ಮರೆ ಮಾಡಿದಂತಿದೆ. ಶಿವ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗನ ಪುರಾಣ ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಂಬದವರು ಈ ಪುಷ್ಪವನ್ನು ಕಣ್ಣಾರೆ ಕಂಡರೆ ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಪಡುವುದಂತೂ ಖಂಡಿತ. ಈ ನಾಗಲಿಂಗ ಪುಷ್ಪವು ಶಿವ ಪೂಜೆಗೆ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠವೆಂದು ಮಲೆನಾಡಿಗರು ನಂಬುತ್ತಾರೆ.

This nagalinga flower(Couroupita guianensis), which had grown in abundance before in the foothills of Malanad(Western-Ghats), has become very rare lately. This petal shape with five petals resembles a snake hoodie. Those who do not believe the mythology of Lord Shiva and Naga(Snake god) are sure to be amazed at this flower. It is believed that this Nagalinga flower is superior to Shiva worship.

Couroupita guianensis, known by a variety of common names including cannonball tree, is a deciduous tree in the family Lecythidaceae, which also includes the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) and Paradise nut Lecythis zabucajo. It is native to the tropical forests of Central and South America, and it is cultivated in many other tropical areas throughout the world because of its beautiful, fragrant flowers and large, interesting fruits. There are medicinal uses for many parts of Couroupita guianensis, and the tree has cultural and religious significance in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia.

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