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This, the "Nil Mahanel," botanical name"Nympheae Stelleta," has been the national flower of Sri Lanka from1986. This flower mentioned in many Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit literary works,occupies a pre-eminent position in Buddhist literature. Legend also, has itthat the 'Nil Mahanel Flower' is among the many ceremonial designs found on thefootprint of Prince Siddhartha, giving it a special significance among the manydevotees of Lord Buddha. This flower in the hands of the exotic ladies immortalizedin Sigiriya Frescoes, enhance their ethereal beauty, and poets have alwayslikened women's eyes to the unopened Nil Mahanel flower. The Nil Mahanel plantgrows in shallow, warm waters, and is found in all parts of the country. It isspecially plentiful in the northern dry zone and as a result, this flower is afavorite among the Buddhist devotees as an offering at the many temples and"dagobas" in and around the ruined cities in that area. The flowerwhich is purplish blue in color has a heavy concentration of petals in thecenter. The Nil Mahanel flower is also considered a symbol of truth, purity anddiscipline.
Nil Mahanel Flower

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