'Rudraksha' tree in full bloom at Kottoor temple, offers visual treat to people
Anthichira (Pathanamthitta): The Rudraksha tree in front of Manakkala Kottoor Bhagavathi Temple is in full bloom attracting people who visit the temple. It gives a visual treat to those who visit the temple for the first time. The scientific name of Rudraksha tree is Elaeocarpus ganitrus.
Rudraksha trees are growing in only very few temples in the state. The 'Para Vazhipadu' (an offering) in the temple is done using Rudraksha berries. This could be the only temple in Kerala that conducts this ritual using Rudraksha, said the temple authorities.
The former president of the temple Vijayan brought the sapling for Rudraksha tree from Nagaland many years ago. It grew gradually and started producing berries. However, the locals said that this is for the first time the tree is seen in full bloom.
The ripe berries of Rudraksha is buried in sand. The rind of the berries will be partially eaten by termites after a few days. Then they are taken out and kept in oil-filled containers for two months. Later, the Rudraksha is dried under sun and used for temple purposes.