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Aadi Perukku also known as Pathinettam Perukku is a very significant festival observed during the Tamil month of Aadi (July-August). Aadi means the Tamil month & Perukku means multiplying / raising. It is also called as Pathinnettam Perukku as it is celebrated on the 18th day of the Aadi month. Pathinettu means 18.
Aadi is the month of committed observances of religious practices especially of Goddess Shakthi (Mother Nature) related to water-forces and natural forces. Prayers and poojas are offered to propitiate the powerful goddesses and seek their protection from the inauspicious aspects that are often associated with the month. As the water level starts to rise in this month it provides opportunity for sowing and planting. This festival is celebrated to pay respect and gratitude to Mother Nature, rivers and other water bodies. This festival is observed with reverence on the banks of river Cauvery and other major rivers of Tamilnadu.
Women folks perform Aadi Perukku Pooja on the banks of the river. They take holy dip in the river and wear new clothes. Aadi Perukku Pooja includes water rituals include placing special lamps on the river. Women also perform sacred sumangali puja and offer new mangal sutras (sacred thread) to other married women. Since the festival has deep connections towards prosperity, many people worship various Gods and deities. People also perform pujas and homas for Goddess Lakshmi, as the occasion symbolizes flow of fertility and prosperity.
Another important ritual of this day at the villages is the ritual of sprouting or germination of the nine grains or the navadhanyam in a mud pot. This is called as Muzhaipari and is a very important ritual which is celebrated reverently almost in every village. Ladies in the villages carry earthen pots with grown grains on their heads and walk in a procession towards the river where the grains are dissolved towards the end of the celebrations. The Village goddess is beautifully decorated and she is also taken in the procession. The significance of performing this ritual is that by performing this ritual and offering prayers, the Goddess for rain and fertility of land will bless the people and the village for a rich harvest.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.