Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is a festival of fertility being celebrated by women in south India for more than 500 years.

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It was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature, Paripadal, written in the 14th century. If you are interested to read those Tamil verses, you can visit here: https://learnsangamtamil.com/Β  I like to quote few lines here:Β “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.Β It was also mentioned in Sangam literature that even kings used to come to both the river banks and indulged in punalattam (water sports)!

river basin
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Rivers are treated as sacred waters as it brings prosperity to the entire region. On the day of Aadi Perukku farmers used to sow the seeds and business people venture into new business as it marks the new beginning. In Hindu Mythology swelling river during monsoon was seen as if Goddess were pregnant, so people used to offer sour & sweet goodies that are generally liked by pregnant women to the flooded rivers.

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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 :

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Mango Rice :

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Potato-peas Fries :

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87 Comments Add yours

  1. Chelvi S says:

    So nice to read about the culture – Even though I am thamil as well, we don’t have this many celebrations in Sri Lanka. But looking back our ancestors might have done this before settling in Sri Lanka (which we don’t know when it happened)

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much ! I do find some of our recipes share the same similarities with Srilankan cuisine!

  2. Tiff says:

    Very interesting! Those coconut rice recipes look so yummy! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

  3. Thanx for sharing info on Aadi festival Megala, had been to Chennai a fortnite back and was actually wondering the significance of the festival πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Nice to hear that, many thanks for stopping by !

  4. mmm looks soooooooooooooo good!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by !

  5. Christy B says:

    So interesting~ I’m going to include this post about the festival of fertility in my blog roundup that I publish next Friday πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much ! πŸ™‚

  6. Great post! Very interesting, thank you for sharing! I would like to let you know that I have nominated you for Mystery Blogger Award ☺️ Feel free to have a look https://withcoloursandcanitointhekitchen.blog/2017/08/17/mystery-blogger-award/

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much for your kind gesture !

      1. You are very welcome! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow such a lovely feast!!πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  8. We do celebrate this type of festival too.

    1. Megala says:

      Feeling great to know that! Thank you !

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