Thanks Bushhed, hunter, willard & John.
John, the flower resembles Shiva Linga under the hood of a serpant.That white curved structure with finger - like projections, resembles the hood. The Shiva Linga is under it; I will post another picture showing that detail when I can take another shot of the flower. To the extent I know, it has got nothing to do with Tantra.
Hindus revere it as a sacred tree because the petals of the flower resemble the hood of the Naga, a sacred snake, protecting a Shiva Lingam, the stigma.
Last edited by Sudhakar Redddy; 07-01-2012 at 01:24 PM.
Nikon D 3100, D 40X, Panasonic FZ 5, Sony H 7.
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