The Tamarind tree which never sleeps
(This is based on a famous legend which was posted by my friend Rajagopal Srinivasan in facebook. This tree is called in tamil Urangapuli( A tamarind tree that never sleep is there in a town called Azhvarthirunagari The tree has seven branches and the great Vaishnavite saint Nammazhvar meditated in its hollow for sixteen years. A very detailed account of the tree is given in http://www.synergies-journal.com/healing/2015/4/3/healing-placesindia-the-tamarind-tree-in-alvar-tirunagari
Lord Rama knew he was nearing his death,
And the God of death came to see him to discuss some matters,
And Lord Rama ordered his brother Lakshmana,
To guard over them and not allow any one inside
Sage Durwasa , the angry sage came at that time,
To meet Lord Rama and when denied entry said,
He will curse Ayodhya and destroy it completely ,
Fearing which Lakshmana allowed him inside.
Lord Rama got angry and cursed Lakshmana ,
To become a tree and Lakshmana told him,
“That foes not matter brother but I am sad,
That I would be living without serving you.
Rama then told him that in the Kali age ,
He would be born as Nammazhvar and do,
Meditation without moving for sixteen years,
And at that time. Lalkshmana would be born as tree.
A tree which would be awake always and provide ,
Shade to Rama as sage for all the sixteen years.
This became true and Lakshmana was born as a Tamarind tree,
In Aazhvar thirunagari, whose leafs never sleep.