Amaltas [Cassia fistula] AKA Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

I can't believe that it is still a dream for me to photograph the beautiful natural chandeliers of Amaltas “in detail”. Some random shots from a distance, taken hurriedly, showing below. Even though these are distant photos, they are close to my heart. I just love this tree.

Suvarnaka AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala

The scientific name of Amaltas is Cassia fistula. In the different parts of the world, it is known by different names. Some of those names are Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Golden Shower Tree, Bahava, Sunari, Kritamala, Aragvadha, Chaturangula and Suvarnaka. The names are as beautiful as the flowers this tree produces. Just beautiful!

Amaltas AKA Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Aragvadha AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Bahava AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Bandar Lathi AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Cassia fistula AKA Amaltas, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Cassia fistula AKA Garmalo, Amaltas, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Golden Shower Tree, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Chaturangula AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Garmalo AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Golden Shower Tree AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Kritamala AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Suvarnaka

12 comments :

  1. Every Malayali, regardless of his / her faith will promptly identify these flowers, Bhavesh. These flowers are called 'konnapoovu' in our language and plays an important role during 'Vishu' festival. These blossoms, along with ripe fruits, jewelry, set of new 'mundu' (dhoti) and picctures of our Gods and Goddesses are placed in front of a mirror. This is called the 'Vishukkani'. Early morning, the elders of the house, will wake up the younger members and blindfolding them with their hands, will lead them to where the mirror is placed. After they are seated in front of the mirror, their eyes are opened. The person gazes at all the colourful fruits, the 'konnapoovu', and the pictures of our Gods and Goddesses and prays. After which they touch the feet of the elders to seek their blessings and the elders give them money as a 'dakshina'.

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    1. Oh! I didn't expect such a brilliant reply with so so much information about the beautiful flower's religious importance! I am so glad that you came by and gave such valuable input. Thank you so much :)

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    2. 'Vishu' normally falls on 14 April. 'Baisakhi' of North India and 'Bihu' of Assam aare also celebrated on the same day.

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    3. Quite a lot to learn from you Mani :) I am so glad that you came by and shared your knowledge with us :)

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  2. Beautiful images and interesting information in the comments!

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  3. Fantastic photos. The brilliant yellow blossoms against the sky - marvelous!
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  4. Those flowers are stunning. I particularly like the full tree photos with the abundance of blooms.

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    1. That is my favourite too, from the series :)

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  5. Wonderful yellow, high up and below, surely a panacea for the wounded hearts. As usual, splendid Bhavesh.

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    1. Not as splendid as your writing ☺

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