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Kamala is a common Sanskrit name, usually meaning Nelumbo nucifera, the lotus. Variants include Kamal and Kamla. It is unrelated to the similar-sounding name of Arabic origin usually spelled Kamal in English and Kemal in Turkish, and to the similar European name Camilla.

Plants originally named Kamala

  • Nelumbo nucifera, the lotus, a pond plant with leaves and flowers at the water's surface, called Kamala, Kamal, and related names.
  • Mallotus philippensis, Kamala or Red Kamala, a plant in the spurge family, widespread through Asia and Australia.

Places and geographic features


  • Kamalatmika or Kamla, a common epithet of Hindu goddess Lakshmi, sometimes simplistically ideogrammed as "goddess of wealth."
  • Most Hindu deities are routinely praised in liturgical texts, prayers and chants for being kamal or kamala, lotus, or having lotus attributes such as beauty, purity, cleanliness. These deities include Shiva, Brahma, Shakti, Vishnu, Kali, and all their avatara.

People and groups as forename

  • Amala and Kamala, Indian feral children who were purportedly raised by wolves
  • Kamala (band), Finnish thrash metal musical band
  • Kamala Harris, American prosecutor, former Attorney General of California, current United States Senator from California and 2020 U.S. presidential candidate
  • Kamala Nehru, wife of Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru
  • Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Indo-Trinidadian, first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Kamala Surayya, formerly known as Kamala Das, Indian short story writer and autobiographer in English and Malayalam languages, particularly concerning sexual desires of women
  • Kamala (wrestler) or Jim Harris, American retired professional wrestler
  • Kumari Kamala, Indian classical dancer

People and groups with surname Kamala

Fictional characters

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