I n the space behind the Kapali temple are nurtured some rare species such as Rudraksham, Malai Vembu (left) and Vanji. There is a young teak tree too and Thazhambu (right). Elsewhere he has Maha Maha Vilvam (13 leaves) and Tiruvodu. Malai Vembu is sturdy and requires little maintenance. Planted along the beach they will be natural air filters and the breeze beneficial to thousands of walkers, according to Krishnamurthi. The Darbah grass is a transmitter of energy and hence is mandatory in consecration ceremonies.