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Nakshtra; Grah and Rasi Plants

No Star Botanical Name Malayalam Name Tamil Name

01 Aswathy Strychnos Nux-vomica Kanjiram Yetti

02 Bharani Phyllanthus Emblica Nelli Nelli

03 Karthika Ficus Glomerata Athi Athi

04 Rohini Eugenia Jaambolana Njaval Perunaval

05 Makayiram Acasia Catechu Karingali Karungali

06 Thiruvathira Diospyros melanoxylon Kari Karai

07 Punartham Bambusa Vulgais Mula Moongil

08 Pooyam Ficus Religiosa Arayal Arasu

09 Aayilyam Calophyllum Indophyllum Punna Punnai

10 Makam Ficus Benghalensis Peral Alamaram

11 Pooram Butea monosperma Plasu Palasu

12 Uthram Ficus Tinctoria Ithi Itti

13 Atham Spondias Pinnata Ambazham Marima, Nalini

14 Chithira Aegle Marmelos Koovalam Vilvam

15 Chothy Terminalia Arjuna Maruthu Maruthu

16 Visakham Feronia Elephantum Dadhipala Vilamaram

17 Anizham Mimusops Elengi Elanji Magizh

18 Thrikketta Aporusa lindleyana Vetti Vetti

19 Moolam Boswellia serrata Kunthirikkam Kunthurukkam

20 Pooradam Salix Tetraspeama Aattupala Aatrupalai

21 Uthradam Artocarpus Heterophyllus Plavu Pila

22 Thiruvonam Calotropis Procera Erukku Vellerukku

23 Avittam Moringa oleifera Muringa Muringai

24 Chathayam Anthocephalus Cadambu Kadambu Katampu


25 Pooruruttathi Azadiracta Indica Aryaveppu Vembu

26 Uthruttathi Magnifera Indica Mavu Ma

27 Revathi Madhuca Longifolia Eluppa Iluppai

Rasi Vanam (Rasi Trees)

No Star Botanical Name Malayalam Name Tamil Name

01 Mesha Pterocarpus santalinus Sandana vengai Chandana Vengai

02 Rishabha Alstonia Scolaris Elilappalai Ezhilampala

03 Midhuna Wrightia Tinctoria Palai Kutakappala

04 Kataka Butea Monosperma Palasu Plasu

05 Simha Zizyphus jujuba LAM Badri ------

06 Kanya Magnifera Indica Ma Mavu

07 Thula Mimusops Elengi Makizhu Elenji

08 Vrishchika Acasia Catechu Karungali Karingali

09 Dhanus Ficus Religiosa Arasu Arayal

10 Makara ---------------- Tothakathi --------

11 Kumbha Prosopis Cineraria Vanni Vahnni

12 Meena Ficus Benghalensis Ala Peral

Navagraha Vanam (Planet Trees)

No Star Botanical Name Malayalam Name Tamil Name

01 Sun Calotropis gigantea Erukku Erukku

02 Moon Butea monosperma Plasu Palasu

03 Mars Acasia Catechu Karingaly Karungaly

04 Mercury Achyranthes aspera Naayuruvi Naayuruvi


05 Jupiter Ficus Religiosa Arayaal Arasu

06 Venus Ficus racemosa Athi Athi

07 Saturn Prosopis cineraria Vahnni Vanni

08 Rahu Cynodon dactylon Karuka Arugampul

09 Ketu Imperata cylindrica Darbha Darbhai

Dasha Pushpas (The Ten Sacred Flowers)

No Botanical Name Common Name

01 Vernonia cinerea Puvvamkurunnila

02 Emilia Sonchifolia Muyalcheviyan

03 Evolvulus alsinoides L Vishnukranti

04 Cynodon dactylon Karuka

05 Eclipta Protrata/ Eclipta Alba Kayyunni

06 Cardiospermum halicacabum Uzhinja

07 Ipomoea sepiaria Thiruthali

08 Curculigo orchioides GAERTN Nilappana

09 Biophytum sensitivum Mukkutti

10 Aerva lanata Cheruvula

Saptharshi Vana (Trees of Seven Rishis)

No Rishi Tree

01 Jamadagni Garika

02 Vasisishta Jambi

03 Gouthama Ummetha

04 Kashyapa Tulsi

05 Agastya Avisa
06 Viswamitra Maredu

07 Bharadwaja Uttareni

Some of the flora commonly seen in the sacred groves of Kerala

Artocarpus hirsutus, Mesua ferrea, Vateria indica, Hopea parviflora, H ponga, Alstonia scholaris, Mimusops

elengi, Hydnocarpus pentandra, Hotdgarna arnottiana.

Ground Vegetation:

Geophila reniformis, Borreria sp., Naregamia alata, Centella asiatica, Aerva lanata, Adrographis

paniculata, Biophytum sensitivum etc.

In southern region of the state, Members of the mangroves swamps like Myristica fatua var.magnifica,

M.malabarica Hydnocarpus spp and Eugenia spp are found in the poorly drained sacred groves. These

species are known to develop high profile humidity in the surroundings that promote luxurius growth of

undergrowths