99 Tamil Flowers – Kurunjppaatu – Slide show and Downloadable PDF


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May 18th  2011

I would like to thank Dr.Francis Muthu, who encouraged me to convert this blog into a research paper. I have recently written a paper ‘Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu and 99 flowers’to been soon published in a journal. I researched for a month in addition to time spent compiling this blog and the knowledge gained in the two years. Based on my findings I have updated this blog. This blog would now feature photos of all 99 flowers (annicam is not properly identified yet).


Its two years since I started this blog. And of the two years one post which really changed my attitude towards Tamil Literature was the 99 Tamil flowers blog.


2 Years of Karka Nirka –


The blog single-handedly gave me new set of viewers and also appreciation from all quarters. So for the second anniversary I decided to make this post even popular by creating a slide show and also a downloadable PDF format of the slide show.

I hope readers would forward this page to as many people as possible. I also had request from lot of viewers to have this in a slide show format and there is no better occasions than the second anniversary of the blog.

But still to readers the 99 Tamil Flower blog series will be important since, only in the blog format you might be able to copy picture and also photo sources lexicon links are available.

The slide show format will be a quick view type without additional information and references. The downloadable version is of PDF format.

The PDF format can be used for presentations and lectures in case any body needs it.

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99 Tamil flowers – Kurunjipaatu:


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99 Tamil flowers- Kurunjipaatu – Methodology and Reference


•The identifications are based on my Paper ‘Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu and 99 flowers’.

•Identifications of P.L.Sami were compared with identification of  Tamil Lexicon, Institute of Asian Studies, Naccinarkiniyar commentary and Identification of other scholars.

•Based on the identification images were found primarily from Flowers of India, BIOTIK, Dinesh Valke photo stream and Wikipedia.

•Other images were obtained through google image search


•Sarathy, Palaniappan Vairam ‘Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu and 99 flowers’, awaiting publication

•Sami, P.L.  ‘Plant names in Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu, Journal of Tamil Studies’-  September 1972, 78-103.

•Marr, J.R. ‘An Examination of Some Plant-Names and Identities in India’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, No. 1 (1972 •Sivathamby, K. ‘Early South Indian Society and Economy: The Tinai Concept, Social Scientist’, Dec., 1974, vol. 3, no. 5, p. 20-37

•Francis, Jr., ‘Peter Plants as Human Adornment in India’, Economic Botany, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr. – Jun., 1984)

•Seth, M. K. ‘Ornamental use Trees and Their Economic Importance’ pg 327

•Mehra, K. L. Kanodia, K. C. Srivastava, R. N. ‘Folk Uses of Plants for Adornment in India’,  Economic Botany, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan. – Mar., 1975), pp. 39-46

•Pattuppāṭṭu. With commentary by nacciṉārkkiṉiyar, edited by U.V.Swaminathan Iyer. Tamil University,1986.

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