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Aadi Pandigai in Aadi Masam – Festivals in Aadi Month in Tamil Nadu

There are numerous festivals (Pandigai) that are observed in Aadi Masam. Aadi month is dedicated to the worship of Mother Goddess – Amman. Aadi marks the beginning of the festival season in Tamil Nadu.

The first day of Aadi is referred as Aadi Pirappu or Aadi Pandigai. The day begins with the making of huge kolams (Rangoli designs) in front of the home. The kolam is drawn on all days of the month. The kolams are bordered with red color – Kaavi. Doorways are decorated with mango leaves. The day begins with pujas and visit to temple. There will be a feast on the day with special delicacies include payasam, vadai, boli etc.

On the first day of Aadi, married women change the yellow thread in their Mangalsutra or thali.. 

Dakshinayanam, Sun’s transits from the northern hemisphere to the Southern hemisphere, happens in Aadi month.

The important festivals include Aadi Perukku, also known as Padinettam Perukku, is observed on 18th day of the month. It is a water ritual observed by women.

Another important festival is Aadi Pooram dedicated to Andal. When the festival falls on Friday in the month it is doubly auspicious.

Another important festival in the month is the Aadi Krithigai. This is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. It is observed on the Karthigai Nakshatra in the month.

Numerous Amman Temples – shrines dedicated to various manifestations of Goddess Shakti – observe the annual temple festival in the month.

Tuesdays and Fridays in the month are dedicated to worship of Mother Goddess.

The Aadi Amavavasi day (no moon day) in the month is dedicated to ancestors. Holy dips in sacred water bodies, Shradh and tarpan are performed on the day.