Roses need no introduction and have been known to man since the onset of civilization itself.
The pictures that follow are of hybrid roses from the Rose garden in the recreated Persian garden at Sunder Nursery , New Delhi.
Ancient Indian Scriptures dating to 2500 BC refer to the flower Rose, ( English), Gulab ( Hindi) , Rosa ( Scientific Genus) centifolia ( there are many species in this Genus) .
The mixture of Yellow and Pink Roses gives rise to this cultivated hybrid called SEVENTEAR.
Ancient Indian scriptures have an apt and wonderful name for the Rose “Satapari” or an angel with a hundred wings.
Roses are cultivated worldwide for their fragrance and ornamental flowers.
The Ancient Persians are supposed to have mastered the art of creating Attar or Perfume from Rose petals.
An Ancient Indian Scripture recognizes this fragrant nature of Roses and names it “Saumyagandha” .( meaning that with a pleasing aroma).
Even Honeybees are attracted to the fragrant and sweet smelling Roses called Pristine.
The beautiful flower of the family Rosaceae have been attributed in Hindu mythology to the God of Love , “Kamadeva”.
The Rose is also favoured by the Gods and is referred to as“Sivapriya ” ( translated it means that which is dear to Lord Siva).
As per Hindu mythology the abode of Lord Siva is the Himalayan Peak of Mount Kailash..
Is it a coincidence then that over 15 species of Wild Roses are native to the Himalayas.( they grow wild in the region) .
The gorgeous cultivated hybrid species below is called BROADWAY.
The colour red seems seems to have seeped into the veins and stems of the plant as well.
Not only do Roses smell good and look Enchanting, they also have numerous medicinal properties which have been described at length in the CHARAKA SAMHITA . ( a medical treatise by Charaka, follower of the Ancient Indian School of Medicine, AYURVEDA) .
I hope you enjoyed going back in time and discovering names and properties of this Magical flower which has captivated man since time Immemorial.
On this note I share with you the information that the name Rosa finds its origins in OLD PERSIAN.
Do think of the wonderful History of Roses when you gift your flowers next month on VALENTINES DAY.