The Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August) is an auspicious time to connect with the divine energy of the Goddess. On the 18th day of this month, the divine energy manifests in the form of nature’s precious gift - water. The day is known as Aadi Perukku, a popular festival in the Tamil Nadu state. Perukku is a Tamil word meaning “rising.” Aadi Perukku marks the beginning of monsoon season in the state. It is the time when the dried-up water bodies regain life and parched soil in the fields gets saturated, giving an invitation to the farmers to prepare for the next planting. The energy of the Mother Goddess infuses zest and vigor in the surroundings. Astrologically, it is the day when the Sun transits into the feminine water sign of Cancer, the most nurturing and sensitive sign of the zodiac.
Aadi Perukku Festival
The raising of the water level in the water bodies due to monsoons marks the celebration of the day, which is observed predominantly by the womenfolk. The Divine Mother’s gift means so much for the lives and prosperity of these people, and so they observe the day honoring and praying to the Mother Goddess for her sustained grace on them. Rituals are performed on the banks of sacred rivers - Ganges, Godavari, Narmada, Krishna, Yamuna, and Cauvery. The real fervor of the festival, however, can be seen among those residing along the Cauvery river belt.
Festivities involve the preparation of different varieties of rice dishes and offering them to the Goddess along with flowers, fruits, turmeric, betel leaves, etc. Kalandhasadham, meaning different varieties of rice preparation, is an Aadi Perukku specialty. It includes dishes like curd rice, tamarind rice, coconut rice, lemon rice, jaggery rice, etc.
Friends and family members will get together to relish the festive treats.
Mulaipari, the sprouting of nine types of grain in a clay pot, is a ritual followed in villages on this day. These nine types of grain are grown in earthen pots, and on the day of Aadi Perukku these pots with germinated plants are taken to the river, where the contents of the pots are dissolved. It is a traditional ritual to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties. Also, it is a form of prayer to the Goddess for sufficient rain and fertility of the land, which will bring a good harvest.
Auspiciousness of Aadi Perukku
The day is rewarding, not just for the farming community, but for everyone. Anything done with a positive and righteous approach brings back copious gains. It is a day for multiplying wealth and prosperity. According to sacred scriptures, Goddess Parvati prayed to Shiva to be blessed with a vision of Shiva together with Vishnu. Shiva granted her wish by appearing to her as Sankara Narayana on the day of Aadi Perukku. That is the reason behind the day’s auspiciousness. You can access the energies of the divine Goddess, along with Shiva and Vishnu, for material and spiritual gains.