Story behind Thazhampoo

Story behind Thazhampoo
Thazhampoo / Thalampoo / Ketaki / Screw pine

Thazhampoo / Thalampoo / Ketaki / Screw pine

Mostly all the fragrant flowers are kept for prayers except some highly fragrant and non fragnant flowers. Coming to this, Thazhampoo it has strong fragrant. But it’s not used to worship in Lord shiva’s temple except on Maha sivarathiri. As per the legend this flower gave false evidence in a dispute between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma as to who is greater. The dispute was settled by a condition as to he who see either end(head or feet) of Lord Shiva is greater than the other. Brahma went up to see the head and Vishnu went down to see the feet. After several days ord Vishnu could not find the feet and he sat in deep meditation and realized that he is not the greatest. Lord Brahma also traveled several days and could not see the head and was about to return by that time he saw this flower coming down. Te flower said that it is coming from the head of Lord Shiva. Brahma requested the flower to give evidence in his favour that he has seen the head. They came told to Lord Vishnu that Lord Brahma has seen the head of Lord Shiva. Immediately Lord Shiva appeared and was very angry with Lord Brahma and Thamzhampoo for telling lie. He plucked the 5th head of Lord Brahma and cursed that Brahma will not be worshipped at any temple. Also cursed Thazhampoo that the flower should not be used to worship him in any temple. On its pleading he made a concession that the flower may be used only on the Maha Siva Rathiri nights.

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