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曼陀羅華 (Skt; Jpn mandara-ke )
Also, mandarava flower. A flower said to bloom in heaven. It is fragrant, and its beauty delights those who see it. The Sanskrit term mahamandara (also mahamandarava ) indicates great or large mandara flowers, a distinct kind of flower in Buddhist scriptures. In Buddhist sutras, mandaras and other heavenly flowers rain down from the heavens when a Buddha preaches or when other wonderful events occur. The mandara flower is one of the four kinds of flowers said to bloom in heaven, the other three being the great mandara flower, the manjushaka flower, and the great manjushaka flower. See also manjushaka flower.