Human Flower Project

Ganesh Grows in Queens

The Hindu deity, one man says, has appeared in his back yard, flowering from an amaranth plant.

imageSam Lal, and others, see Lord Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, in this flower head

Photo: Mona Rivera

“I feel the presence of God,” Hansannie Singh, 41, of Queens. New York, told two reporters from the New York Daily News.

She was standing before an amaranth plant in effusive flower. It had volunteered in back of Sam Lal’s house, growing through a crack in cement. Lal, Singh, and now many others see the image of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity of Hinduism, in the amaranth bloom. Its purple flower stalk protrudes on each side, like ears, and flops over into a splendid “trunk.“

Lal, 60, an immigrant from Guyana,  has suffered from chronic neck and back pain. He says that since the amaranth bloomed his ailment “has all but disappeared.”


Residents of Queens, N.Y., flocked to see the mysterious amaranth blooming behind Sam Lal’s house even before the story made the newspapers

Photo: New York Daily News

Word of the floral apparition spread rapidly through the borough this week, even before the Daily News story, published Thursday.  Lal was welcoming visitors, faithful and skeptical, to witness it for themselves.

“I’ll never see anything like this in my lifetime,” said Deepesh Patel, 25.

“I was astounded,” cousin Uddit Patel told the reporters.  “It’s proof there is a God.”

In our part of the world, religious apparitions, while not an everyday affair, crop up periodically, sending out ripples of mystery, mockery, and excitement. For example, four months ago, Mary Herrera, Midland, Texas, discovered what she considered an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the trunk of a tree  in her yard.

imageEarlier this year a woman in Midland, Texas, saw an image of

the Virgin of Guadalupe in the bark of a tree

Photo: IReport

Among the many thousands of Marian apparitions, one of the best known is the floral revelation to Mexican farmer Juan Diego. The Virgin of Guadalupe made her presence known to him, and to the priests who had doubted his vision, by filling his cloak with flowers in the midst of wintertime.

To our knowledge, none of the Catholic apparitions has been shaped as a holy figure rendered in flowers. Instead, as with Our Lady of Guadalupe, they are supernatural blossomings: plants that flower out of season or dry sticks that come to life. We hope to learn of other religious manifestations – Hindu, Christian and otherwise – that have taken floral form. 

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oh, my god i can’t believe this

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