Yogi Jothinatha cares for the gardens in the front of our property and has propagated a lot of Solenostemon plants, this popular ornamental is commonly known as “Coleus”.
This delicate herbacious perennial thrives in Hawaii as long as it gets enough water and is happiest in a slightly shaded area.
It is noted for the lovely colors of its’ leaves.
Mature plants throw up a delicate inflorescence stem with tiny blue flowers.
This design is fairly common, but the plant is self-hybridizing and cross-pollinating and new arrays of colors are constantly magically being born month after month as if some designer deva were having fun with a color palette making ever new coleus designs.
Green with a maroon center…
Rich purple with a bright violet center…
OK so, let’s mix it up now… bright green leaves with a maroon inner veins and put the violet center inside that!
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.