Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023

Aquatic plants of the Rig Veda




Aquatic plants of the Rig Veda (RV):


·         Kiyambu          Water lily (Nymphaea alba) - RV. X. 16, 13 







·         Pundarika        White Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)  - RV. X. 142, 8







·         Pushkara         Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) - RV. VI. 16, 13;VII.33,11







Trees are very important for locating a text. All the aquatic plants mentioned above are located on the Indian sub-continent. Their appearance in the Rig Veda granted them sanctity in later Hindus.