Wednesday, October 19, 2011

 Tips for a great garden

Here are some great tips to spruce up your garden.

1.Snip plants regularly so that they do not become very bushy and unmanagable. This also
ensures the growth of new shoots which helps keep your garden perpetually green and
pleasant to look at.

2.Place a little pond in your garden and plant water lillies or lotuses. These plants give rise
to lots of algal growth in your ponds so buy some little fish and put them in it.They will keep
your pond clean by eating the algae so, there is no need for you to manually clean the pond. Keep the pond a bit elevated to avoid little children from falling into it.

3.Encourage all sorts of creatures in your garden such as garden lizards.
 These creatures help balance your garden's ecosystem.If you do this you don't have to worry   about a bug infestation.

4.A garden is good to look at only when it is full of colourful flowers.Grow plants such as santan, white angels,yellow bells and Euphorbia so that your garden is in full bloom all
year around.

5.Place plants around your garden in a orderly manner. It gives your garden a neat look.

6.Have border plants in your lawn.Border plants add contrast to your otherwise all green lawn.

7.Just a lawn and a flower bed is not enough for a garden.Plant trees strategically around your garden.Trees provide a lot of shade and little garden plants thrive in the shade.They also ensure that your garden does not look dull and parched in the harsh summers.Trees such as the bottle brush tree also add ornamental value to your garden.

8. Your garden should be such that it attracts birds and squirrel.Multi coloured birds and cute squirrels give life to your garden.A sure way of attracting these creatures is to have lots of trees in your garden as trees act as nesting grounds for them.Birds also build nests in hanging pots so place them around your garden. Have a bird bath in your garden.The bird bath should be such that it has flowing water because birds are attracted by flowing water rather than still water.Place shallow bowls with nuts and cereal in your garden to feed them. Once these creatures like your garden they surely will settle down there for many generations so be friendly to them.

Having a great garden has many vital advantages. It helps keep your homes cool during summer.It increases oxygen levels around your house.It is also relaxing to look at and walk around a flower filled garden so have a great garden and a good life.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anusham Star Temple

ஸ்ரீ லக்ஷ்மிபுரீஸ்வரர் கோவில் 

Sri Lakshmipureeshwarar Temple - Thirininriyur

Each of the 27 birth Nakshatras are associated with a temple and the temple which I visited is the Anusham star temple known as Sri Lakshmipureeshwarar temple.People born under this star will benefit greatly if they worship here atleast once a year, particularly on the day of Anusham, which falls every 27 days(Check Panjangam for current year).This temple is located at Thirininriyur, which is about 6.5 kms from Vaitheeshwaran koil on the way to Mayiladudurai or Mayavaram.


Thirininriyur(Thiri-wick;ninriyur-place it was put off). According to history, a Chola king used to pass through Thirininriyur after worshipping at the Sirkali temple. Whenever he passed through this place, the lamps he carried were put off. Intrigued by this, the king went to see the reason behind this strange phenomenon. On the way he saw Kamadhenu coming down from the sky.Eager to see it, the king slashed his way through the bushes using his sword.He was stopped on his way when his sword was obstructed by something and on lifting it, the king was dismayed to find it covered in blood. In his frantic attempt to reach Kamadhenu he had slashed at a Shiva Lingam.The dent he made on the Shiva Lingam can be seen even to this day. This Shiva Lingam is one of the 64 Swayambhu Lingams(something which originated on it's own).The king built a temple at this spot which is now the Sri Lakshmipureeshwarar temple at Thirininriyur.

It is said that Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva here and that Lord Shiva granted Lakshmi the boon to eternally be in Lord Vishnu's heart, hence the name Lakshmipureeshwarar.

There are also separate shrines for Vinayaka,Murugan,Mahalakshmi,Navagrahas,Bhairavar,Chandran and a Shiva Lingam which is said to have been worshipped by Parasurama.

This temple is maintained by the Dharmapuram Adhinam. It is sad to know that this beautiful temple  is not known to many and has very few visitors. Temples like these are our heritage and it would be great if many people knew about them and visited them. We must not allow such temples to be forgotten.

There are no shops in this village so buy offerings to the Lord from Vaitheeshwaran koil or take them from your house.

This is the cute little dog that lives in the temple. Bring something to eat for this adorable creature whenever you visit this temple.

Other temples nearby:

Vaitheeshwaran koil

Boarding and lodging:

Since this is a very small village, stay at Vaitheeshwaran koil.

Temple timings:

6AM to 12PM and 4PM to 8PM.

Temple contact:

Subramaniya Gurukkal
Phone number: 04364320520.