Aadi Perukku is a graceful festival that is celebrated across India. It is basically a Tamil festival that highlights the onset of the monsoon. Aadi Perukku takes place on the 18th day of the prominent Aadi month as per the Tamil calendar. The main objective of Aadi Perukku is to worship the life thriving components of water. Seeds are grown, and vegetation is nurtured during the sprees of the grand festivity of Aadi Perukku. People go to the river basins to celebrate this glorious festival and bestow a token of thanks to nature.
Significance of Aadi Perukku
Aadi Perukku is celebrated to pay thanks to nature for bestowing precious natural resource water. During monsoon and in Aadi month, water levels significantly increase, the heightened water levels are nurtured and worshipped by people. Kaveri river is a prominent spot of worship during the festivity. Water is essential for the growth of food, and thus people present gratitude to nature for offering us this sustainable natural resource.
One of the most significant legends linked with the Aadi Perukku festival is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. During the same time of Aadi Perukku, Goddess Parvati concentrated to gain spiritual powers and get a glimpse of supreme God Shiva. Parvati Devi’s dedication appeased Lord Shiva, and he appeared in front of her as Shanka Naraya Swami. This incarnation of Shiva appeared in Aadi month, only making it a more pious and worth-celebrating month.
Rituals of Aadi Perukku
Married girls generally perform the festivities of Aadi Perukku. They collect on the river basin and offer their gratitude and prayers on the seashore. Married women also indulge in puja ceremonies with utmost prominence. A special dish combining jaggery and rice is offered to the rivers by unmarried women. They prepare the dish and serve it on palm leaves and decorate it with beautiful black beads. They offer this special preparation to the basin and present their desire of getting a perfect man. Married women also perform particular festivities on the day. The most notable activity by them during Aadi Perukku is that they stay at their parent’s house during Aadi month. It is not considered a good omen if a married woman lives at their husband’s home during Aadi month. They come back to their husband’s house after a day of Aadi Perukku celebrations. Women profoundly worship Goddess Parvati and Lakshmi on this day.
The Aadi Perukku festival is known for the preparation and distribution of rice and jaggery dishes. Prominent rice dishes prepared on Aadi Perukku include coconut rice, curd rice, tamarind rice, sweet Pongal, aviyal, sakkarai Pongal, medhu vadai etc. People worship the holy Kaveri river with great sanctity and enthusiasm. Worshippers also take a sacred dip in the water to get rid of all their sorrows and spins.
Boons of Aadi Perukku
There are various windfalls of celebrating Aadi Perukku with utmost zeal and vitality. The primary benefits are listed below-
- Aadi Perukku celebrations foster overall stability, prosperity and fortune in life.
- All mighty blessed the human tribe with a good harvest.
- One can gain good mental, spiritual stability by idolizing the festivities of Aadi Perukku.
- People adore the Aadi Perukku extravaganzas for the fulfilment of their wishes and long-pending desires.
- Unmarried women are blessed with the boon of a good husband.
- Wealth, fortune and prosperity increase to great folds by observing the Aadi Perukku revelries.
Gain all these benefits by celebrating Aadi Perukku with sheer joy and ecstasy. Aadi Perukku is a beautiful festival that brings so much positivity to one’s life.