“In the warm dark night, astride her regal lion,
Durga emerges from the kadamba forest, her black hair flowing,
perfumed with the intoxicating scent of the sacred kadam…
Hail the mighty Goddess”
Sen Gupta (12th century A.D.)
Kadam Flowers infused in pure Sandalwood Oil
The essence of Kadam has been enjoyed in India for centuries. It is steeped in folklore and has been called by many to be the quintessential essence of the divine. The Kadam flower is popularly associated with numerous Hindu goddesses, especially Goddess Durga, as well as with Lord Krishna. Kadam flowers are therefore symbolic of purity, fulfillment and eternal abundance.
Goddesses such as Durga, before they abandoned earth for the heavens, were said to have lived in the dense kadam forests and hence their spirits still reside in the fragrance of the kadam. Goddess Durga’s long luxurious black hair is said to be fragrant of the rich essence of the kadam! Lord Krishna is also remembered through the flower as he danced with his consort Radha and the gopis (milkmaids) among the kadam trees in the ancient city of Vrindavan. Hindus, therefore, have held the kadam tree and its bloom sacred and kadam flowers are often offered at shrines and temples devoted to both Lord Krishna and Goddess Durga and all her manifestations.
Kadam flowers bloom in hot summer nights (between 3 and 6am – time considered most auspicious for meditation) when the air is especially dense and steamy. The perfume is mesmerising and unlike any other fragrance. Only the flowers that have fallen off the trees naturally are used in the making of the attar as they are considered to be “gifts of the trees.” The flowers are then steam distilled in copper vessels and the essence infused in pure sandalwood oil. The oil is then aged to intensify the essence and to add depth to the perfume. The resulting aroma is highly floral with sweet and citric backnotes. It is refreshing and is often described by many as having euphoric properties. In India, it is believed that places of meditation and spirituality are blessed by nature. Kadam trees are said to sprout in these such places. It is no wonder that many ancient temples have kadam trees in their vicinity.
Kadam Attar promotes the energies of the second (sacral), third (navel) and seventh (crown) chakras houses.
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
The third chakra, also known as the power chakra, is located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
The crown chakra relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.