Aadi 18 Perukku and Kaveri River
Aadi 18 Perukku is observed mainly by people residing along the KaveriRiver bank. ‘Perukku’ means rising – indicating the rising water in rivers. The festival is essentially a form of Nature worship and thanksgiving to Mother Nature.
What do People do Aadi Perukku?
On the day, family, relatives, and friends get together and pray for uninterrupted supply of water and a good harvest in the coming season. Special food is prepared on the day and is shared with friends and relatives.
On the day, all family members make a trip to the riverbank and prepare a special lamp using rice flour and jaggery, which is placed on mango leaves and lit. Flowers, turmeric, and a yellow thread are also placed on the mango leaves. Women float the lamps along with the mango leaves and other accompaniments in the river.
Special prayers and pujas are done in temples for a good harvest, constant supply of water and hassle free monsoon.
In some communities on Aadi Perukku day, the son-in-law is invited and is presented new clothes by parents.
Usually, during Aadi month, the newly wed brides spend the month at her parent’s home and on Aadi 18 Perukku, a gold coin is added to the thali or mangal sutra in some southern districts of the state.