Tomorrow marks the day of 'Aadi Perukku', which is also termed as 'Pathinettaam Perukku'. The festival's name merely makes it clear that Aadi Perukku is celebrated to increase the wealth of nature. Goddesses of water are honoured in order to grant people access to sufficient amounts of water for a fruitful harvest.

It is important to understand the significance and rituals associated with the Aadi Perukku celebrations.

Significance Aadi Perukku

According to the Tamil calendar, Aadi Perukku is a significant festival in Tamil Nadu, celebrating the increase in water levels during the Aadi month. During this time, farmers are encouraged to engage in farming activities and express their gratitude to nature, especially to the river Kaveri.

Mother Nature is worshipped by people in the form of Amman deities, and they express gratitude to the river Kaveri during this time. They also express gratitude to the river Kaveri during this time. In a way, it is to thank nature for showering its grace, peace and prosperity and not to forget this ritual will be mainly carried out by women.

Adding on with the major significance of Aadi Perukku which is also considered auspicious for the 'Thaali Pirithal' custom in Hindu marriages.

The bridegroom ties a yellow rope to the bride during the marriage ceremony.That rope serves as proof of a marriage. On an idyllic day, when the time has passed after the nuptial, that rope will turn into a chain. This event is called ‘Thaali Pirithal’. Aadi Perukku is a very good day for doing such an auspicious tradition. On this auspicious day, the newly married couples are advised to do this custom at the temple or do it at home itself.

On the occasion of Aadi Perukku, unmarried girls perform rituals and puja along with married women of the society. According to the rituals, unmarried women who offer a sweet made of rice and jaggery, earrings of palm leaves and black coloured beads get blessed with desirable grooms. Meanwhile, married men are invited by their in-laws and get new clothes as gifts.

Married women visit their parents' home and stay there for a month before Aadi Perukku. They return back with their husband a day after Aadi Perukku. Women generally prepare different items of rice and offer them to the river Kaveri.

Source: AstroVed