Bhubaneswar: Festival season already reached and people across the country have started the preparation to welcome Goddess Durga the motherly power behind all of life and creation.
Nature also doesn’t fall behind in welcoming the Goddess. It is during this season that the Kasatandi flowers bloom symbolizing the arrival of Maa Durga.
Saccharum spontaneum (wild sugarcane, Kans grass) is a perennial grass that can grow up to two-three meters in height. At the end of the monsoon white flowers from the grass, known as Kasatandi flowers, attract people as it looks like a white wave of the sea that flows silently.
Kasatandi flowers are mostly found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. In India, places like Odisha and West Bengal have a special relation with these flowers.
They welcome Maa Durga and as per the Hindu belief and these flowers bloom at that particular time when Durga puja is near. A large amount of bloomed Kasatandi flowers are like a white blanket covering the ground.