Brahma Kamal (Saussurea Obvallata)

Brahma Kamal – King of Himalayan Flowers

The Brahma Kamal is the most reverred flower of the Himalayas. It is an excellent example of plant life at high mountains (3,000-4,600 m). The flowers found in monsoons and abundant in high-altitude places like The Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Brahma Kamal flowers are used as offering to Nanda Devi Temple. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.

English Name

Saussurea obvallata

Local Name

Braham Kamal


Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Flowering time

June to September


In rocky slopes of moraines, among boulders.


This plant is applied to cuts and bruises as local medicine. Brahma Kamal is s herb in Tibetan medicine and it is Sah-du Goh-ghoo. It has a somewhat bitter taste and it promotes heat. It is Used to treat cerebral ischemia and paralysis of the limbs. Infact we can say the entire plant is used.

Location in the Valley of flowers

You will find it easily at Hemkund Shahib Lake and one the way to Hemkund Sahib. (Last kilometer. This picture was clicked on 6th September, 2012 at Hemkund Shahib Lake . You will not find this flower at Valley of Flowers

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