Briefly: April-May is the season when purple bauhunia flowers
In Hindi it is called Kachnar. Remember the song Kachchi Kali Kachnar Ki, Kya Samjhege Baatein Pyar Ki (Hungama 1971). In Marathi it’s called Rakta Chandan (What an evocative name?), in Bangla its named Koiral and in Kannada Devakanchan (God’s Gold). In English it is called by different names, like Butterfly tree, Pink Butterfly Tree, Purple Bauhinia, Purple Butterfly tree, Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple Camel’s Foot, Hawaiian Orchid Tree and Purple Orchid Tree. How does the same flower get different names in different languages and region? Was naming it the work of a peasant, a housewife or a poet with his vivid imagination? My guess: poet. Interestingly, within a region it holds a common name. April-May is the season of Purple Bauhunia and you’re likely to come across it with its blooming purple, pink, and lavender petals flowering at roadsides, in parks and in gardens. Arranged closely to resemble an orchid, its heady perfume fills the nostrils as you move close to the trees. In our rush to become ‘techlings’, surrounded as we are by mobile phones, headsets, wi-fi environment etc., we have forgotten to enjoy nature, though we are earthlings.
My friend Shashank tells my why its is Rakta Chandan in Marathi.” Its very cooling and while the dried stem is rubbed on a stone the colour is of red sandalwood.”