Indian science minister unveils a new lotus variety with religious significance

Indian Science Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday unveiled a new Lotus flower variety named ‘Namoh 108,’ which has 108 petals and holds a particular religious significance. This unique variety was developed by the scientists of the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), a constituent institution of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The ‘NBRI Namoh 108’ lotus variety is known to blossom from March through December. It is also the first instance where a flower’s entire genome has been sequenced to understand its distinctive attributes.

During an event in Lucknow, the minister praised the NBRI for naming the lotus variant as ‘Namoh 108.’ Singh characterized this botanical creation as a “grand gift to the relentless zeal and innate beauty” of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It is particularly because the current year coincides with the tenth year of Modi’s service as the Prime Minister.

The minister also inaugurated the Lotus Mission, emphasizing its execution as a dedicated endeavor similar to other crucial initiatives such as the National Honey and Bee Mission, National Bamboo Mission, National Food Security Mission, National Mission on Natural Farming, National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, and Gokul Mission.