Heard of ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ and wonder what is has to do with a Temple related post, especially one on the last day of Sri Parthasarathi Swami Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni.
On the concluding day of Brahmothsavam is ‘Sapthavaranam’ – grand Thiruvaradhanam, rendering of Thiruvaimozhi and late in the night, there is purappadu in Siriya Thiruther [the small chariot]. Today, 9th Feb 2016 is the tenth day of Sri Parthasarathi special Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni [Triplicane] divyadesam.
this year and below - yesteryear
It is ‘Chinna Thiruther’ famously known as ‘Vettiver Chapparam’… I had earlier posted of the scientific name of vetti ver as - ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’, a type of grass of Poaceae family, native to India. Also known as ‘khus’ Vettiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. 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 the stem of the grass vettiver 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 time there was not much of vettiver though !). In the purappadu - Thiruvarangathu Amuthanaar’s ‘Ramanuja Noorranthathi’ was rendered. Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.