Thread started by gaddeswarup on 18th April 2006 08:05 PM
It seems that kurinji has been flowering for a while and kurinji flower is an important flower in Tamil literature and culture. The topic might have been discussed before but I missed it. Any links are welcome.
on 18th April 2006 09:48 PM
Swarup: Ancient Tamils classified the land into five categories- kurinji,mullai,marudham,neidhal and palai.
kurinji: mountainous areas
marudham:fertile plains like the Cauvery delta
neidhal: coastal areas
kurinji flower blooms once in twelve years, if I remember correctly.
on 23rd April 2006 02:00 AM
Originally Posted by rajraj
is this the same as the flowers that are found in either ooty or kodaikanal? my parents said they were there on their honeymoon during the year when the flower there which blooms once in every 12 years bloomed. i hope my previous sentence makes sense.
on 23rd April 2006 03:12 AM
Yes Fire! They are the same flowers your parents found in bloom on their honeymoon!
on 23rd April 2006 03:43 AM
Swarup: About kurinji flower:
Ancient Tamils named their paNs (ragas) after the land divisions-kurinji paN,mullai paN,neidhal paN,marudha paN and paalai paN.
kurinji paN is harikambhoji in current carnatic music. mega raaga kurinji is neelaambari and viyaazha kurinji is sowrashtram. More about Tamil music can be found in Silappadikaram.
on 20th July 2006 08:54 PM
kurinji plants have already started flowering. More info at
on 13th September 2006 10:44 PM
An article about the kurinji appeared in today's Hindu:
I actually got quite annoyed reading this article. Look what it says: the 12-year cycle of the kurinchi was "first recorded" in 1838 and "tribal communities" had "evidently" been aware of the 12-year flowering cycle! The 12-year cycle was of foundational importance in sangam literature, for heaven's sake! The author appears completely ignorant of the significance of the kurinchi in Tamil culture and literature - there is not one mention of the important place it had in sangam agam poetry. It would have been understandable if this article had appeared in a north Indian paper, but in a paper published in Chennai??
on 13th September 2006 10:55 PM
podalangai: Don't blame the writer. Blame the curriculum in schools and English medium!
Besides, The Hindu today is not what it used to be!