Sometimes, it’s the stories behind certain places that leaves an indelible impression on your mind. I love to hear such stories.
And this is one such story…
Ponds with water lilies are not a rare phenomenon in Kerala. But I really do not know what made me stop my vehicle and ask about that particular pond at Parassala, the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. I was on my way to Kanyakumari and the journey began from Thiruvananthapuram.
Padmakumar Chettan, a local living in the area became curious when I started taking its pictures.
He came to me and said “ It’s called ‘ Thavalayilla Kulam’ (Ponds sans Frogs)."
" What a curious name," I said.
" Yes, indeed," and he voluntarily started narrating the story behind it.
“ The story is old as well as interesting too,” he said.
Marthanda Varma was ruling Thiruvananthapuram which was under the Kingdom, then called ‘ Travancore’. He used to visit a temple which was near to this pond. The frogs in the pond were so fond of him that they would cry whenever the King left the temple and the place.
“ Just imagine, thousands of frogs crying at the same time,” he said with a little smile on his face and continued the story.
After some time, their pleading became too unbearable that somebody cursed the frogs - ‘Let there be no frogs in the pond '.
“ That’s it, and thus frogs ceased to exist in this pond and hence the name,” he concluded his little story with a sad face.
Wow! What an imagination?
But he couldn’t answer questions like who cursed the frogs? What was it called before?
Still, it’s a lovely little story, right..
I believe certain questions have to remain unanswered to make them more alluring. What do you think?
- ‘Chettan’ – brother
- Thiruvananthapuram – One of the districts in Kerala, the southernmost state of India.