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.
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…
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