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Friday, July 13, 2012

Sri Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam – Day 10 – Chinna Thiruther

Sri Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni  – Day 10 – Chinna Thiruther

Heard of ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ and wonder what is has to do with a Temple related post, especially one about Azhagiya Singar  Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni.

‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ is , commonly known as vettiver – a type of grass of Poaceae family, native to India. Understand that it is known as ‘khus’ in some parts of India.   In western and northern India, it is popularly known as khus. Vettiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. The stems are tall and the leaves are long, thin, and rather rigid; the flowers are brownish-purple. Unlike most grasses, which form horizontally spreading, mat-like root systems, vetiver's roots grow downward, 2–4 m in depth.  This is not intended to by any post on its characteristics..

On the 10th day of Brahmothsvam is Sapthavaranam – on 7th July 2012, there was the ‘Dwadasa Aradhanam’ and ‘Thiruvaimozhi Sarrumurai’ – and in the night there was the purappadu in china Thiruther. 

This Ther is known as ‘Vettiver Chapparam’ – for there used to be so many sheets made of this grass placed on the temple car.  One could feel the divine fragrance from a distance itself.   Understand that it is the stem of the grass, which is cut, smoothened and made into a mat.  These mats were earlier even used in houses and as the air passes through it, there would be fragrance and natural cooling of air.

This year, special arrangements had been made to procure this grass, clean and process them into beautiful mats – the decorative mats so made, were beautifully placed on the temple car [Thiruther] in which Swami Azhagiya Singar had purappadu in the night of 7th July 2012. 

Here are some photos [courtesy : Thirumazhisai Kannan]  taken during the purappadu

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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