2nd May, 2016
Perhaps there is nothing quite as beautiful as a Konrai tree in full bloom. In the hills of Yercaud, the Jacaranda trees have shed most of their purple blooms and stand mute witness to the blatant show put on by the Konrai trees.
Ancient Tamil literature celebrates these spectacular blossoms as flowers that are dear to Lord Siva. The timeless hymns speak of Siva as wearing a garland of these golden blooms in his Jada- mudi (Tamil for flowing matted locks).
The Tamil poetess Avvaiyar who lived in the Sangam period – 1st and 2nd century CE, named one of her brilliant poetical compositions as Konrai Vèndhan. To this day it is recited by children in the primary schools of Tamil Nadu.