A tinny creature is attracted by fragrance of a lotus flower and helping pollination.
Dr. Ohga ,who was dedicated all his life to the study of lotus flowers, found three seeds of ancient lotus flowers dating back to 2000 years ago in 1950. He succeeded in making one of them bud. The lotus bore flowers next year and was named Ohga Hasu( Ohga Lotus ) after him. Since then, they have come back every summer.
How exciting it is to admire the beauty of the flowers which the ancient people enjoyed viewing.
A small pond, where Ohga Lotus flowers are growing, is at the botanical garden in Kasuga Grand Shrine .
Early June, I saw many tadpoles and infant frogs with tails in the pond.
The baby leave, curling from the both sides, looked like tiny joining hands.
" What a cute leave it is!"
This is the first bud I found on June 13th. A gardener pointed at other tinny buds for me. And we shared the joy! There were five buds! I could not wait for the blooming of the flowers!
I wanted to see the blossoms at the best time, so I went to a library to do some homework on lotus flowers. I got to know how short the life of the blossom is. They live only four days.
The first day,
Around 4 am, a bud starts to burst and opens about 3 to 5cms wide. Around 8 am, it starts to close.
The second day,
At midnight, the bud starts to burst, and around 7 to 9 am the flower comes into full bloom. Till noon, it closes again and returns to the bud. For these two hours from 7 to 9 am, we can enjoy the most beautiful flower. Its fragrance gets the strongest to attract insects for pollination as pollens start to be released.
The third day,
The same with the second day, but it closes loosely and does not return to the complete bud.
The forth day,
After noon, it starts to fall.
I love not only the beauty of the lotus flowers but also the leaves.
The surface of a leave is water-shedding. Oh, can you see how gracefully drops of dew are rolling on the leave and exquisitely reflect the light! I won't be tired of viewing them.
Don't you think the leaves look like the placentas? The leaves with netlike leaf veins are similar to the placentas with netlike blood vessels in the appearance and both of them are symbolizing the vital life force.
The lotus flower is symbolic and divine in Buddhism. Even though lotus flowers grow in muddy ponds, the stalks rise high above the ponds and the flowers bloom beautifully, purely. Taking lessons from the lotus flowers, we can remain pure and unspoiled even though we live in the murky world.
Great Buddha in Todai-ji temple sits on the lotus flower pedestal.
In front of the Buddha, bronze lotus flowers are placed.
According to what I read, in Hinduism also the lotus flowers are sacred. Brahma(the creator) was born from the lotus flower growing from the navel of Vishnu( one of the Supreme gods) .
Water lilies and lotuses have been often mixed up in many cultures and symbolism.
I am getting more and more interested in lotus flowers and enchanted by them! How about you?
参考図書： 「ハスを語る」 大賀一郎著、 「蓮」 阪本祐二著
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