There is a reference to Adi Peruku in Silapathikaram, one of the five epics. Only the 18th day of the month of Adi is followed by counting the number of days as Adi 18. This year, August 3, 2022 will be specially celebrated on Wednesday 18th.
In this divine month of Aadi, Aadi 18, there are temple festivals and special events in all the villages. It is customary for people to go to their respective clan deity temples to perform special worship.
There is a reference to Adi Peruku in Silapathikaram, one of the five epics. Similarly there are references in many Sangha literatures. By worshiping Sabthakanniyar on Aadi 18, it is believed that whatever we think and worship will be fulfilled.
When is Aadi 18 ?
Aadi Perukku is called Eighteenth Perukku and Eighteenth Perukku.
Generally Tamil festivals are not followed by number of days. Festivals are usually celebrated on the basis of Nakshatras that may fall on a day or on the basis of a day.
But only the 18th day of the month of Aadi is observed as Aadi 18 by counting the number of days. This year, August 3, 2022 will be specially celebrated on Wednesday 18th.
Aadi 18 highlights
It is the vow of the ancestors to search for and seed. The months of Chitrai, Vaikasi and Ani are the months when the scorching heat subsides and monsoon rains begin.
It is a month when rivers and ponds are full of water due to monsoon rains. Thus, the month that begins after worshiping God is a suitable month for farmers to sow seeds.
As the new flood is increasing, the ancestors are celebrating this day with great enthusiasm as Adi Peruku.
On the 18th day of Aadi, people worship holy water, clan deities and temples in water bodies like rivers and ponds. Especially in Tamil Nadu, Cauvery river is worshiped as a deity. So it is customary to take holy water at various places in this river and worship in nearby temples.
It is believed that by bathing in the newly flowing Kaveri River and worshiping the Goddess, Kavirianna will make a good husband for the women who worship her, and the married woman will give good health to her husband.
Hope to change thali yellow string
On this auspicious day, it is customary to take a bath in the Cauvery, hold Pilliyar in Manjali, put flowers, pottu, light a lamp, make some kind of Naivediya and worship the goddess by offering camphor aarti.
It is customary for married women to change the thali they may be wearing with a yellow saree.