The 5 Minute March challenge ends with this post. Those who haven’t read the first and second part of this post please go here and here. You can also visit my Instagram account @desisoularts to view the sketches. All the reference photos are from Google.
- Day 21/31: Thechi/ Chethi (Ixora plant-Ixora coccinea): This is in fact a bunch or cluster of little red flowers often used in temples for worship..There are a variety of these flowers according to colour and arrangement of the flowers like white,red,pink,yellow and also umbrella shaped clusters…Well,this sketch took over 5 minutes😁
- Day 22/31: Day 22/31: Thottavadi (Touch me not plant- Mimosa pudica): This is a very well known plant.. The plant whose leaves droop on touching them.. In malayalam we often use this name thottavadi for people who are too sensitive to harsh words😀these plants have beautiful delicate flowers too.
- Day 23/31: Thulasi (Indian holy basil- Ocimum sanctum): This is a very holy plant and sacred to India ..Thulasi is considered to be the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu.. they have such tiny n beautiful delicate flowers ..the smell is so heavenly and intense. It is also called Krishna thulasi.
- Day 24/31: Vaka (Royal poinciana- Delonix regia): These flowers are also called Gulmohar and are strikingly red in colour…In full bloom, they are a sight to behold!!
- Day 25/31: Kulamariyan (Chinese creeper- Quisqualis indica): This is an invasive creeper with dark pink pendent inflorescence with some medicinal qualities.The bright pink flowers are beautiful to look at.
- Day 26/31: Thumba (Leuca indica): Thumba is a delicate white flower. It is the flower used in Athappookkalam, the floral decoration done on first day of Onam festival. There is an interesting story in the Puranas, which states why Thumba is not used for the worship of Lord Shiva. Once Lord Shiva manifested as a large pillar or column of fire in front of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu who were arguing over their position. Shiva then asked both of them to find the top and bottom of the column. Brahma took the form of a swan and flew towards the top while Vishnu assumed the form of a boar and started digging downwards. Both of them traversed a long distance but could not find the end. On the way Brahma saw a Thumba flower which claimed to be coming from the top of Shiva’s head which was a lie. So, Brahma took the flower along with him and returned halfway to present as the evidence. Vishnu too returned without any luck. In Shiva’s presence Vishnu accepted defeat while Brahma presented the Thumba flower as the evidence which angered Shiva as he knew it was a lie. Lord Shiva cursed Brahma that he will not be worshipped on earth and the flower too saying that it will not be offered in worship to Him. Hence ,these flowers are not taken for worship in temples.
- Day 27/31: Kadaladi (Mexican creeper- Antigonon leptopus): This is a medicinal creeper with teeny weeny flowers used in many medicines of Ayurveda.
- Day 28/31: Neelakkurinji (Strobilathes kunthiana): This is a wonderful flower belonging to the mighty Western Ghats region especially Munnar in Kerala which is a touristic hotspot as well..The speciality of these are that they bloom only once in 12-16 years and at that time people flock to this area to watch the vast tracts of blue sea of these gorgeous beauties.
- Day 29/31: Brahmakamalam/Nishagandhi (Night flower- Epiphyllum oxypetalum): This is a highly sacred and mysterious flower…It is pure white and blooms only once at midnight every year…It is named after Lord Brahma who is the creator of the Universe…It is believed that these flowers should be gifted and not sold or bought…
- Day 30/31: Orchids: Though orchids are not indigenous to Kerala, they are still extensively grown in many places.. They are very beautiful to look at because of their lilac and lavender flowers..
- Day 31/31: Anthurium: Like orchids, anthurium is also not indigenous to kerala but is a very popular garden plant with variety if colours like red,white and pink…
And so now it is a wrap…March went by so fast and I am so glad that I could finish a whole challenge which is something new..Starting a challenge is fine but to complete it takes real patience as you tend to move away from the subject at hand..It is not everyday that you feel like drawing..Thanks a lot to @kickinthecreatives for organising this challenge..It definitely improved my sketching skills in very less time and with very few strokes❤.. I am glad that i could share some interesting facts and stories or local myths about the flowers too..
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