826 – Queen of the Night and King of the Day

These are two very fragrant flowers. Queen of the Night (Raat ki Rani) or night blooming Jasmine only flowers at night and King of the Day (Din ka Raja), or day blooming Jasmine only flowers in the day. The Raat ki Rani is a fragrant white flower with an orange stem. It flowers at night and the next morning; one sees a bed of orange stemmed flowers around its base. This happens every night and if one did not know about this tree, one would be surprised that there are no buds on the tree.

The Din Ka Raja flowers only in the day. Now there is a belief that the Raat ki Rani attracts snakes so if the Din Ka Raja is planted next to her, the snakes will not come. Well, the reason for the snakes coming is because insects come to eat the fruit and sip the pollen and they eat the insects. It is also recommended that the Raat ki Rani should not be planted too close to the house. However, there are few instances of this happening.

The story about Raat ki Rani is that she came out of the churning of the ocean. This tree is loved by both demons and Gods. It is used as an anti-oxidant, anti-convulsant and anti-fungal medicament.

Din ka Raja has a modest fragrance, with a chocolate scent. It is known to cure various diseases and makes the immune system strong and also helps to maintain a healthy heart.

Both plants attract butterflies and butterflies are associated in Hinduism with some important aspects of life like birth, marriage, death etc.

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By Tau Ľolunga – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0
By Louise Wolff –darina 00:32, 7 May 2005 (UTC) – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0

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