A rare legendary flower, which is said to bloom once every 3000 years, has recently caught the world’s attention after many people spotted the mystical Udumbara blossom in many different parts of the globe
This tiny and gorgeous flower measures just 1mm in diameter, so it’s really hard to spot without magnifying lens.
But once it finally blossoms, it omits a sweet and distinct sandalwood fragrance which fills up the entire area!It’s hard not to miss this delicate beauty.
The Udumbara flower, which means an “auspicious flower from heaven” in Sanskrit language, is one of the rarest flowers in the world. But recently, the precious blossom has been spotted by many across the globe growing in some really strange places!
In some Buddhist texts, the flowers of the uḍumbara are enclosed within its fruit, as in all figs (see fig pollination and fig fruit). Because the flower is hidden inside the fruit, a legend developed to explain the absence (and supposed rarity) of the visual flower: in Buddhism, the flower was said to bloom only once every 3000 years and thus came to symbolize events of rare occurrence. In early medieval Japan and possibly elsewhere this flower is believed to be capable of saving the lives of those dying from disease. It is mentioned in the Heian Japanese classic Utsubo Monogatari.
A farmer from China’s northeastern Liaoning Province, Mr. Ding, spotted the special flower growing on a metal pipe in his garden. Later, 38 flowers bloomed in the same spot.
And when there were multiple sightings of the plant in Taiwan in 2007, many local residents took the appearance of the Udumbara as an “auspicious sign”. Chen Guodong, a Taipei-based artist, said he thought it was a “miracle” when he discovered the beauties sprouting in his home.
“They are so tiny, it’s hard to detect them without a microscope, yet their fragrance fills the entire balcony,” he said.Meanwhile, in 2010 a Chinese nun named Miao Wei from Lushan mountain found a whole bunch behind her washing machine! She was so happy when her home was filled with a sweet fragrance the next day. But the most intriguing recent sighting was at Chonggye-sa Temple in Seoul, South Korea, in 1997, when the Udumbara flowers were spotted blooming on the forehead of a Buddha statue. Of all places!
The appearance of the rare white flowers is said to mark the arrival of a royal king, and the last time a sighting of the Udumbara was recorded was before the birth of the historic Gautama Buddha, according to ancient scriptures. Amazing! Many people have documented this rare occurrence, but there are also people who say the flowers are the eggs of the green lacewing insect.
However, the difference between the two is very clear and simple. It’s a well-known science fact that the insect eggs deteriorate and wither once the larvae hatch, but these mystical flowers do not decay for long periods of time; rather, they grow and bloom, eventually spreading their unique fragrance around, and are long-lasting—some udumbara flowers even bloom for up to a year.