For land owners, especially in hilly areas, soil erosion is a major source of concern. There have been some research papers on the planting of ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ in effectively preventing soil erosion. It in fact is a perennial grass native to India, grows up to 1.5 meters high, its roots grow downward, two to four meters deep.
Heard of ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ and wonder what is has to do with a Temple related post, especially one on the last day of Sri Thelliya Singar aani Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni. ‘Chrysopogon zizanioides’ is the scientific name of what is commonly known as ‘vettiver’ - which has many medicinal qualities.
On the concluding day of Brahmothsavam is ‘Sapthavaranam’ – grand dwadasa (12) Thiruvaradhanam, rendering of Thiruvaimozhi pasurams in front of Sri Azhagiya Singar, Sri Parthasarathi & Andal, Sri Vedavalli sametha Sri Ranganathar, Sri Ramar and Sri Varadharajar - and later in the night, there is purappadu in Siriya Thiruther [the small chariot]. 24th June 2016 was the tenth day of Sri Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni [Triplicane] divyadesam.
Veethi purappadu is in ‘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. Here are a couple of photos of yesteryears.
This year there was no vettiver mats and it was simple ther; in the purappadu - Thiruvarangathu Amuthanaar’s ‘Ramanuja Noorranthathi’ was rendered. This time, a new step stand enabling ascending and descending of Perumal to the Thiruther was first used Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.