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Apr 29, 2012

Harichampa / Manoranjitham / Artabotrys hexapetalus

Manoranjitham (Hari Champa) is a very incredible frgrant flower with a fruity smell.  Known as 'Harichampa' in Hindi, Botanical name Artabotrys hexapetalus.




It was in abundant in my aunt's home once upon a time. As there were snakes in the garden especially cobras, no one went  near to pluck one except bold elderly ladies. I don't know what connection the snake & the flower has exactly but I thought as it looked more like a semi tree-creeper than a plant, it offered cool shade & good cover which might have attracted the snakes.


It is a green colour flower which turns yellow when becomes old, finally falls down. 

During one of my walk in the recent days in the community garden, I was surprised when a cool breeze brought me a faint smell of the flower ,I thought it could be due to a flash of memory but another puff of air confirmed that I am not dreaming........which made me stare at each and every vegetation i came across my walk. Finally identified the birth place of the aromatic flower. There were 7 such plants planted near  the fence on one side. Luckily, I could spot the green flower hanging from one tip though it has camaouflaged itself very well.  

Soon I was lost into my childhood days at my aunt's place where went  for holidays. It was a rare flower for a city dweller like me to see and feel its fragrance. I was so happy to find one so near me and I was so happy as if I have met one of my old friend (yes, it is!) after 25 years .

I spotted a bench near the first one and seated myself........back into my nostalgic world, .............. I like them to be on plants as I know it will have more life in it than in my hands.

Four days after that, I again went to the park for my evening walk and saw the green flower has turned yellow. During my last round of walk a I saw the flower on the bed of grass under the plant.

Like how I feel refreshed with the smell it is making many noses & souls happy and that plant has found some meaning in its life by making others happy and I am still trying to find mine......


14 comments:

வை.கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் said...

மனோரஞ்சித வாசனை கும்மென்று திருச்சி வரை வீசியது.

பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி.

வாழ்த்துகள்.

Mira said...

Thank you Gopu Sir

Vishku said...

Hi Mira...
So lovely post it brought back my childhood memories when we used to venture out stealthily n pluck the flower and the scoldings we used to get by our elders for venturing near the tree mmmmmmmmmm lovely....

sri cool said...

Ethan perfume Ega etha namela kadaikum Soluga sir plz na one year search pandren kadaikala

Mira said...

Thank you Vishku

Mira said...

sri cool, i have no idea about it. But you may check with any perfume shop asking for harichampa / Manoranjitham scent.

larrsun said...

I JUST NOW DURING MY BROWSING ON MANORANJITHAM I FOUND YOUR ARTICLE I HAVE A PLANT WHICH IS FLOWERING VERY OFTEN NEAR MY BALCONY IN OUR APARTMENT COMPLEX IN THE PRIME AREA OF SOUTH CHENNAI CITY I HAVE SO FAR HAD THE PLEASURE OF PLUCKING MANY FLOWERS FOR THE PUJA AND TODAY ALSO I PLUCKED ONE THERE ARE TWO MORE COMING UP I AM SO LUCKY AND THRILLED TO HAVE THIS PLANT FROM MY BALCONY LIKE A SINGLE LIGHT LIGHTING UP A DARK ROOM THIS ONE FLOWER THAT I PICKED TODAY IT IS SPREADING ITS FRAGRANCE THROUGHOUT MY HOUSE AND WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT I HAVE TO READ YOUR BLOG TODAY THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU

larrsun said...

I JUST NOW DURING MY BROWSING ON MANORANJITHAM I FOUND YOUR ARTICLE I HAVE A PLANT WHICH IS FLOWERING VERY OFTEN NEAR MY BALCONY IN OUR APARTMENT COMPLEX IN THE PRIME AREA OF SOUTH CHENNAI CITY I HAVE SO FAR HAD THE PLEASURE OF PLUCKING MANY FLOWERS FOR THE PUJA AND TODAY ALSO I PLUCKED ONE THERE ARE TWO MORE COMING UP I AM SO LUCKY AND THRILLED TO HAVE THIS PLANT FROM MY BALCONY LIKE A SINGLE LIGHT LIGHTING UP A DARK ROOM THIS ONE FLOWER THAT I PICKED TODAY IT IS SPREADING ITS FRAGRANCE THROUGHOUT MY HOUSE AND WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT I HAVE TO READ YOUR BLOG TODAY THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU

Mira said...

HI larrsun, thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad to know that you have the plant in your place. Enjoy the fragrance and have a great time at your Balcony :-)

BV said...

I am happy to see people carried away by the fragrance of harichampa / Manoranjitham flower.Few trying to even pick the flower but have any one thought of planting it in and around your place. If possible planting as many plants you can so that that whole environment is filled with peace with fragrance.Thanks for everyone who is going to plant the harichampa inadvance.

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RaasBihariKunjuVihariji's KunjuHridayam said...

My families have this in my mind this very fragrant and sweet creeper which brings forth such a lovely beautiful flower WHICH HAS GOT A HUMAN CONDITION. Lots of them grow in my home and I also know it grows as a tree as well with so many flowers which one cannot reach easily. I have it growing in MYSORE AND MADURAI RIGHT IN THE SOUTH where so many other beautiful flowers Like so many JASMINES ROSES MARUKUZHUNDU LILIES AND MANYY NON FRAGRANT BUT BEAUTIFUL GENTLE FLOWERS LIKE DECEMBER FLOWERS

RaasBihariKunjuVihariji's KunjuHridayam said...

Grow PROFUSELY. Nature is all GOD ALL SAD AND FORLORN UNABLE TO REVEAL their same longing for a human condition of wanting to become star formations of humans who will keep building everything as star formations from their brilliant body since all nature is from human creation. I have also heard that when you are being gently informed that there are snakes around that means lost humans have become sadly gentle light and then heavy mind guards their sweetness and literally we get some knowledge of many many minds who are invisibly guiding us. Thanks for SHARING WHAT ME AND MY MOTHERS AND FAMILIES LOVE.

suresh said...

Any idea about some flower sellers of manoranjitham flower
?

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