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Taiveedu

taiveedu is an arrangement of thekkepura, valiyapura, chityapura, cellar and four verandas around a courtyard within a house. If these puras can be named as Marici, Vasishta, Angiras, Arundhati, Athri, Pulasthya, Pulaha, Krathu respectively, the emerging picture is that the taiveedu embody the plough or saptarshis. Let us remember that the word Salini means paddy and also Arundhati. After all the nilavara is the original place for storing rice paddy, and it represents Arundhati. The tekkathu is an embodiment of Makam (nennol). As for as the kalappura or the threshing yard is concerned it represents Ursa Minor. So the units of taiveedu, tekkathu, and kalappura are a replica of the north polar constellations of Ursa Major, Regulus and Ursa Minor respectively. In the Saptarshi mandiram thekkepura (Marici) and kalappura the threshing yard (Dhruva) when connected by a straight line takes the shape of a single spoke of swasthika. In traditional constructions swastikas full shape is incorporated in the construction of the nalukettu. Cited from Website Nangol Houses
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