Amman Specials and Festivals
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x 'Aadi Velli' is Tamil that means month falling in July/August and Friday. These days are very auspicious for establishing your connection with the Goddess.

Aadi is the fourth month in Tamil Calender after Chithirai, Vaikaasi, and Aani. Aadi falls during mid of July and mid of Aug. In 2009 it falls on July 17th – Aug 16. Aadi is a month of Spirituality/Worshiping and Socializing. Come Aadi Tamil Nadu becomes lively buzzing with a lot of activities, you would see illuminated temples with chanting of mantras and devotional songs, people visiting temples and organizing community services, stores offering good deals to draw sale etc

Aadi Pandigai – Its the first day of Aadi and some invite their son in law and treat with good food, new cloth etc. There is also a practice of separating newly married couples during Aadi, this is to avoid births during April/May the hottest months.

Aadi Ammavasai – Its a day to remember our forefathers and people who can would take a holy dip at Rameswaram.

Aadi Pooram
Varalakshmi Nombu/Pooja – Married women participate in this pooja for prosperity and well being of their family members.

Aadi Peruku (Padinettam Peiru/peruku) : 18th day of Aadi is celebrated as Aadi Peruku, where people gather at Cauvery river bank and celebrate the over flowing river. Its also a way of thanking God for good monsoon.
Adiperukku is a unique Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi (mid-July to mid-August). In 2010, it takes place on August 3. The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water's life-sustaining properties.

For the blessing of mankind with peace, prosperity and happiness, Nature worship in the form of Amman deities are organized to shower Nature’s bountiful grace on human beings. The Goddess, as Pachai Amman, is a manifestation of divine design, to establish peace and harmony in the world. Pachai amman or Kanni amman appeared in many local spots which exhibited holy centers by inherent energy presence and influence of over that localities.
In the manifestation of Pachai Amman in Thirumullaivaayal, the amman deity was successful in establishing peace and prosperity in this world. She is called the goddess of marriage as she blesses those awaiting marriage to enter into wedlock.

There is a tall statue of Ayyanar housed in Pachai amman temple of Thirumullaivaayal which is an added attraction. A holy tank near the temple is said to possess medicinal properties. Devotees surge to have a rendezvous with the Goddess on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and more specially on Aadi month. Why this magnificent Aadi festival celebration taken in a grand spree in Munda Kanniyamman deity temples and Pachai amman or any other Mari amman or Ayyanar temples of South India?

Adiperukku, otherwise called Padinettam Perukku – is peculiar to the all the perennial river basins of Tamil Nadu and major lakes/ water source areas and is intended to celebrate the water rising levels due to the onset of monsoon, which is expected to occur invariably on the 18th day of the solar month, Aadi corresponding to the 2nd or 3 August every year. Hence "Padinettam perukku" - Padinettu signifies eighteen, and Perukku denotes rising. This festival is observed predominately by women in Tamil Nadu. The Adiperukku, as a water-ritual, celebrated by women is said to honour Nature.

The association of this ritual with fertility, sex and reproduction is both natural and human. This water ritual practice is performed on the banks of Rivers, which is described as a rice-cultivation tract. The history of this ritual practice dates back to the ancient period and was patronised by the Kings and royal households. This ritual practice existed in various historical periods. Aadi is the month for sowing, rooting, planting of seeds and vegetation since it is peak monsoon time when rain is showered in abundance.

Adiperukku, celebrated for paying respect and tribute to the life sustaining force of water. This festival also welcomes the onset of the much-awaited monsoon. People living on the banks of the rivers offer special pujas to the river.
Now to the socializing aspect, people participate in community services by distributing food, Kuzh etc. During Aadi Peruku, in villages near Cauvery delta region, people throng the river bed and share food amongst friends and relatives and spend time together. Secondly, all the commercial establishment/stores sport a festive look and attract customers by offering discount deals. One would also see special colorful Ads featuring Aadi sale in media.

Mulaipari and Adiperukku
Mulaipari (Sprouting or Germination of Nine Grains or Navadhanyam in a basket or clay mud pots) is a very important ritual which takes place at almost every village Goddess celebration. In its most original form, it is an exclusively women’s ritual and is of great importance for the whole village. The participants of the processions carry earthen pots with grown grains (nine different types of grains) inside on their heads and walk towards a river where the content is dissolved. In the movie, one can only watch the procession. It is accompanied by Amma n. In reality, the ritual is more elaborate. Before the procession starts, a special song and dance ( Kummi Pattu, Kummi ) are performed. The original meaning of the ritual performance is a request to the village Goddess for rain for fertility of land, in order to secure a rich harvest. The women are involved in large groups significantly implying the fertility of women also ensuring continuation of human race with peace and harmony through empowered women.

All the year's major festivals are packed into the six months that follow, culminating with Makara Sankranthi or Thai Pongal in mid- January, giving meaning to the Tamil saying, 'Aadi Azhaikkum, Thai Thudaikkum'
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