Thursday, June 5, 2008

Historical Name behind Ousteri, a Brief Factual Dairy

Ossudu is a village and its importance may be attributed to the lake which is known as Ousteri. As a revenue village its jurisdiction extends up to Poraiyur and Sendanattam.

According to the inscription seen at the Chandramouleeswarar temple at Thiruvakarai, this lake is assigned to the period of Koperunjnga. It is also cited that the king has built the sluices and a canal to bring water to the lake. In the earlier days, the lake was known as “Paraiyan-eri” and “Ozukarai-eri”. In the historic book called as “Karnataka rajakal saritham” it is spelled as “Oosutheri. But according to the diary of Anandaranga pillai it was also called as Soosaretteri, Oosutteri, Pughasoodu-eri and Ushteri.

The Ousteri (or Oussudu or Usteri) lake is situated 11kms west of Pondicherry and now it is becoming the delighted summer resort. The winding water frontage is endowed with the scenic beauty adding color and charm to the entire backdrop of the lake. Ousteri Lake is one of the biggest lake and major supplier of drinking water in those days. Now it is opened for the tourists for boat ride and to watch the birds. During the season, this lake acts as dwelling place for many migrating birds.

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