Kamandalu plant (Calabash or Bottle Gourd) is a plant species that is native to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae and is known for its unique, elongated, bottle-shaped fruit. It is also called called Monk’s bowl or Beggar’s bowl, When the Calabash fruit dries up, the contents inside the hard outer shell are removed and the shell can be used for storing food and water.
The Kamandalu plant is considered a sacred plant in Hinduism and is often associated with Lord Shiva, who is believed to carry a gourd as a water container. The fruit is often used in religious ceremonies and rituals and is believed to have purifying and cleansing properties.
- The Kamandalu plant is a vine that can grow up to 6 meters in length. The leaves are large and heart-shaped, and the flowers are yellow and bell-shaped.
- The fruit is usually green or yellow and can grow up to 1 meter in length.
- The Kamandalu plant’s fruit is used in a variety of culinary dishes, such as soups, stews, curries, and stir-fries. The fruit can be eaten when young and tender or when mature and dry. It is often used to make utensils, such as cups, bowls, and ladles, due to its unique shape and durability.
- The Kamandalu plant is often grown for its ornamental value due to its large, attractive leaves and unique fruit shape. It is commonly grown on trellises or fences and can be trained to grow in a variety of shapes and sizes.
- The Kamandalu plant is considered a sacred plant in Hinduism and is often associated with Lord Shiva.
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