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Kanikonna Blooms in Non-Season

Dry soil plant changes flowering pattern

Golden Shower blooming in November as well

Cassia Fistula, also known as Golden Shower (Kanikonna in Malayalam language) blooming in Kerala from March –middle has started blooming in November which indicates a dramatic change in temperature patterns. Kanikonna is a dry-soil tree. It flowers when the ground water falls. Its present time blooming is definitely an indication of imminent drought in the summer yet to come.

The change in current year’s onset and retreat of monsoon was also a clear indication of climate change.

The story of the flower from legend

Kanikonna Flower, or Vishu Kani Konna, is the yellow flower that is used for Kani during the Vishu festival in Kerala. The origin of Vishu Kani Konna flower is associated with Sri Krishna – and it symbolically shows the power of devotion.

Once, there was a boy who regularly worshipped at a SriKrishna Temple near his home. The boy had only one wish that he wanted to see Gopalakrishna or the child form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. He prayed only for the fulfillment of this wish. Moved by his devotion, Sri Krishna appeared in the child form before the boy. The boy had tears rolling down his cheeks. He stood numb. Sri Krishna asked the boy what he wanted. With tears in his eyes, the boy answered what more can I get other than seeing you. He had no other wish. Sri Krishna was happy with the boy and gave him the ornament that was worn around his waist – Aranjanam. The boy the golden chain carried it with him and showed to his friends. But none of them believed the story. They all said it was a fake chain.

Next day when the priest opened the temple, he found that the chain around the waist of the murti of Sri Krishna was missing. News spread around and soon people reached the home of the boy accusing him of stealing the chain. The mother of the boy could not tolerate people calling his child a thief. She beat him and threw the chain out into the garden. The chain got stuck on a tree and the tree suddenly bloomed with yellow flowers. These yellow flowers are the Vishu Kani Konna.

Kanikonna is known as the Golden Shower Tree or Indian laburnum Cassia. It is the state flower of Kerala State inIndia. It is the national flower of Thailand.

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