The aSOka flowers are waving in the spring breeze!
In kAlidAsA's RtusaMhAram, you will find the following poem:
aa mUlatO vidrumarAgatAmraM
sapallavaM pushpachayaM dadhAnAH
kurvatyaSOkA hRdayaM saSOkaM
From top to bottom
the trees are resplendant
with the copper red flower bunches
Alas, the joy-giving aSOkA blooms
are filling with sorrow
the hearts of the love-lorn young ones
The aSOka flower is also one of the five flower-arrows of manmatha.
These flowers are coral red. Of course, we all know that sItA spent her
time in the aSOkavana as a prisoner of rAvaNa. It is also called vanjula
in Sanskrit. In one of jayadEva's ashTapadis (haririha mugdha vadhUnikarE)
there is a mention of manjula vanjula!
Here are some patterns with an idealised aSOka flower.
The spring is around the corner, is it not?
Regards! - mOhana