Adiperukku (also written as Aadiperukku) is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi (mid-July to mid-August). The festival pays 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. This festival is very famous among the people who live in the banks of river Cauvery. On this day they will go the banks of the river , do a Pooja and workshop the river God Cauvery.
My wife who has spent most of her childhood days in city where river Cauvery passes through. She grew up celebrating the festival and even today in Bangalore, she follows it even though we don’t get Cauvery water. In Bangalore, we cannot go the river Cauvery, so we do pooja to the pipe where the Cauvery (municipality) water is suppose to the coming.
This year when my wife was doing the Pooja my son and I were standing behind her. Suddenly my son asked “why are you doing Pooja to the pipe?”. My wife patiently explained all the details and the reasons for celebrating the festival. She also said that for Bangalore people, Cauvery water comes in pipe and hence we do Pooja to the pipe.
He immediately said “Mummy, the Cauvery water is also coming in bottles so we can do Pooja to the bottle?”.
My wife tuned to him and gave me a cold stare. It had to shut-up after that. 🙂