Aadi Pandigai , Aadi Thenga Paal ( Sweetened coconut milk )

aadi thengai paal, aadi festival

Aadi Thengai paal

The beginning of the Tamil month of Aadi known as Aadi
Pandigai is on July 17 th 2019.  Dakshinayana punyakalam the southward journey begins .
The Aadi festival, which falls in the month of July, is the
beginning of the numerous festivals that are to follow suit .The word Aadi is
derived from the Sanskrit word aash-adi. The months for the Indian Calendar are
named after the 27 stars in the Zodiac system. In each month there are two or
three stars.
Similarly the other months like Chitrai, Panguni, Vaikasi,
Karthikai etc. are named after the stars. Aadi falls during the second half of
the year known as Dakshinayanam when the Sun transits from the northern
hemisphere to the Southern during July.
The transition from the Southern to the
Northern hemisphere in the month of January is known as Uthirayanam. “Both
the periods are auspicious for the worship of the Gods and Goddesses”. As
the transit of stars takes place during the day Uthirayana, all auspicious
functions including marriages are conducted at that period, while during the
month of Aadi the transition take place during the night.
A lot of festivals are celebrated in the month of Aadi. This
is the beginning of all the festivals during the festival season. Aadi heralds the beginning of all major festivals one by one.
Aadi festival is special for various Godesses .
It is
celebrated in a special way in temples like Maangadu, Kamakshi Amman temple.
All  Tuesdays and Fridays of this month are auspicious.
Every Friday is celebrated as “Aadi Velli”. On the first
Friday we make kozhukkattai for Lord Ganesha.The new moon day of this month is
celebrated as “Aadi Amavasai” which is to remember our ancestors who have
reached God. That day donations will be made.

Rituals of Aadi Velli

  • 1st Aadi Friday is dedicated to the Goddess of wealth – Swarnambika
  • 2nd Aadi Friday is dedicated to the Goddess of intelligence – Angala Amman
  • 3rd Aadi Friday is dedicated to the Goddess of courage and health – Annai Kalikambal
  • 4th Aadi Friday is dedicated to the Goddess of relationship – Kamakshi Amman
  • 5th Aadi Friday is dedicated to the Goddess of overall prosperity – Lakshmi

All the Fridays of Aadi month are considered very auspicious to propitiate the divine mother when people perform special Poojas at Goddess temples and homes. Offering your sincere prayers to Shakti on Aadi Fridays can promote positivity and overall success in life.

The pooram star of this month is celebrated as “aadi pooram”
as the birthday of Aandal. It is celebrated in all temples in a grand manner.
The 18th day of this month is celebrated as “Aadi perukku”
or “Pathinettam perukku”. Since rain flows in this month, the rivers are filled
with water. Water is also given from dams to agriculturists.On this day, we
prepare all varieties of rice and vadams etc. taking all to nearby river or
beach with friends and give them manjal kunkum, vetrilai pakku, clothes etc
This done to praise Goddeess Cauveri (Cauvery river). It is to thank all the
rivers because they provide water.
Source…The Hindu
Aadi Pirappu – Aadi Pandigai – The first day of Aadi is
observed as Aadi Pirappu. It means beginning of the month. The day begins with
the making of huge kolams (Rangoli designs) .
This first day of the Adi month is particularly special for newly married couples as they are pampered with new clothes sweets and a grand festival lunch. The highlight of the festival is the preparation of Thengai Paal which is thick coconut milk extracted from coconuts after grinding for three times and three types of milk extracted to prepare the sweet Payasam or kheer.

important festivals in the month of Aaadi 2019

July 17 wednesday 2019 aadi pandigai
July 19 Friday Adi velli
July 23 Adi Chevvai ( tuesday )
July 26 Friday Adi velli
july 27 saturday aadi kiruthigai
July 30 Adi Chevvai
july 31 wednesday aadi ammavasai

August 3 saturday aadi 18 pathinettam perruku
August 4 sunday Adi pooram Sri Andal jayanthi
August 5 Monday Garuda panchami
August 6 Tuesday Adi Chevvai
August 9 Friday Sri Varalakshmi vratham
August 13 Tuesday Aadi Thabasu, Aadi chevvai
August 17 saturday Adi Iruthi , ..Aadi ends

Aadi Thengai paal

Aadi festival, Aadi pandigai

Ingredients :

  • 1-2 cups freshly grated coconut , only the white parts to be scraped.
  • 1 or 3/4  cup of crumbled jaggery
  • toasted cashew nuts and raisins to garnish.
  • pinch of edible camphor. ( optional )
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup thick boiled cooled milk. ( optional )
  •  2 tsp rice flour

Method:

Take 2  heaped cups of freshly grated coconut and soak in little warm water for few minutes. Then grind in the mix to obtain thick coconut milk.
Strain the thick white milk through a muslin cloth or a fine sieve and then again grind  squeezed out Coconut gratings with little more hot water in the mixie.
Once again you will get a slightly thinner milk. Strain or sieve and add to the first milk.
Repeat the grinding once again to obtain a very thin coconut milk and add this to the previously obtained milk. In all you will be able to get good coconut milk by grinding three times.
Discard the coconut waste gratings.
 prepare the jaggery syrup by dissolving the jaggery with little water and straining the liquid of impurities and add this syrup to the coconut milk. Add the thick cold milk also to give a more richer flavour to the sweetened milk. This is optional
Add the cardamom powder, edible camphor, toasted nuts and raisins and the rice flour which will thicken the milk. ( adding rice flour will give a creamy thicker consistency )
When the sweetened coconut milk comes to a  gentle boil remove from gas . At no point should this boil over as it will split the milk.
Check the YouTube video  from my channel of the same .

Aadi Perukku

This festival is dedicated to river Cauvery  and falls on the 18 th day hence called Padinettam perruku in Tamil.
The 18th day of this month is celebrated as “Aadi perukku” or “Pathinettam perukku”. Since rain flows in this month, the rivers are filled with water. Water is also given from dams to agriculturists.On this day, we prepare all varieties of rice and vadams etc. taking all to nearby river or beach with friends and give them manjal kunkum, vetrilai pakku, clothes etc This done to praise Goddeess Cauveri (Cauvery river). It is to thank all the rivers because they provide water.

Some of the popular foods prepared on this day to take to the river bank and have it with family and friends are Lemon rice, Coconut rice, Tamrind rice, Curd rice and usually papads and some varieties of wafers are fried and eaten along with these rice varieties.

Those of us in the big cities also celebrate this way at home by preparing the rice varieties and having them after a pooja to the Gods thanking and praying for a peaceful prosperous year ahead after the welcoming rains .

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