Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is a festival of fertility that is being celebrated by women in south India for more than 500 years. It was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature, Paripadal, written in the 14th century.

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I like to quote them here:

“Women getting ready to bathe in the river urging their men to dress in festive clothing befitting the day, women carry incense, flowers, offerings & fire, when the flood waters come to Vaigai river.”

In those days it was celebrated with lots of fun & fervor especially in Cauvery, Vaigai & Thamiraparani river basins anticipating prosperity. If you are interested to read those Tamil verses, you can visit here: https://learnsangamtamil.com/ 

Rivers are treated as sacred waters or Goddesses in Hindu Mythologies and swelling river during monsoon was seen as if Goddess were pregnant, so people used to offer sour & sweet goodies that are liked by pregnant women to the flooded rivers.

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It was also mentioned in Sangam literature that even kings used to come to both the river banks and indulged in punalattam (water sports)!

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We usually prepare tamarind rice, mango rice, sweet pongal, etc. on this day and have them for lunch after offering to Goddess by immersing into the river.

IMG_0511I have served sweet pongal, tamarind rice, coconut rice, mango rice & curd rice as rice varieties, potato-peas fries, paruppu vadai, appalam, vadagam & lemon pickle as sides and end our meal with buttermilk, banana, paan (betel leaves & gulkand – a sweetened rose petals preserve). You can find these recipes by clicking the captions under their photos or the slideshows below:

 

Coconut Rice Recipe:

 

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Mango Rice Recipe:

 

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Potato-peas Fries recipe:

 

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  1. Megala, your food looks amazing!!! 🙂

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