This tamil month marks the beginning of all festivals during the festival season.All the fridays falling in the month of aadi are considered very auspicious. It is believed that the 'Surya Bhagawan' (the Sun God), changes the direction of his chariot from north to south, so this changeoveruttrayan to Dakshinayan is celebrated as a festival. This falls sometime between July 15th and August 15th, the beginning of the fourth month Aadi of the Tamiland.Kadakam’& Ashada month in other languages. Once aadi month starts all other festivals follow one by one. Tuesdays and Fridays of this month are auspicious. Every Friday is celebrated as "Aadi Velli".
Panchamirtham (Fruit Salad)
The word Panchamruta means Amrut/Amrit (immortal mixture) made by mixing five saatvic, or wholesome and healthy ingredients. Panchamrutham consists of mainly 5 ingredients namely fruits,,honey, sugar candy (kalkandu),,jaggery and ghee.In panchamirtham that add of all the fruits as small pieces, as many as you like but most that suits are Banana, Apple, Orange, Grapes, Pine apple and pomegranate, jackfruit , guava. Etc .then we have to add dates, kismis, sugar candy (kalkandu), cardamom and ghee in proper proportions: Panchamirtham (Fruit Salad) Performing Abhishekham with Panchamirtham to Lord would enhance our family longevity& happiness. You would be able to lead a life of contentment. Amicable relationship would be maintained by us with our friends and relatives. Honey: would provide with melodious voice. We would lead a healthy life with name and fame.
Procedure of Panchamruta vilakku / Mavilakku
Mavilakku ( lamp made of rice flour )or Panchamruta vilakku is placed on a banana leave. Many women who put this lamp on their bodies ( mostly in the stomach region ) can be watched. This ritual is executed to attain cure of an illness by the help of the Goddess. It is carried out in front of the sanctum sanctorum ( garbha griham, tamil version of the word garbha griha ) of the particular templePlace the dough in the banana leaf and make it in a way so that we can pour the ghee and light the lamp. Place chandan and kumkum to all the four corners, pour the diluted ghee and place the cotton thiri facing east west direction and light the lamp.Also have to keep Vetriali,Pakku,Fruits along with Mavilakku.
Generally in our house we read Lalithamabal shobanam &Lalitha sahasrnamam.After we light the lamp. During this time we have to make sure the thiri is okay and still the lamp is on. Once we read all the slokas then take the thiri from the west side and place it in the east side and let the lamp be lit until the ghee is over.
Recipe for a MaaVillakku:
• Rice - 2 cups
• Jaggery - 1 cup
• Cardamom - 2 nos
Method of Preparation
Soak the rice for 1 hour. Drain well and spread on a white clothand grind it in mixie as a fine powder.For 1 cup of rice flour take 1.5 cups of jaggery(just a measurement)Mix both riceflour and jiggery, and cardamom by hand make like a dough.Dilute the ghee and keep it aside.On a banana leaf or Plate shape this dough in to the shape. Pour ghee and place a thiri.Light the thiri and offer your prayers