CUDDALORE: There was no festival or fair, but many small temples in Panruti, Kadampuliyur and surrounding villages saw a substantial crowd of elderly women till midnight on Tuesday.
It all happened after rumours spread in the area that a woman and her daughter-in-law should not face each other on Tuesday as Aadi Amavasai, Aadi Perukku and Guru Peyarchi came together on the same day. If they did, it would cause harm to their family, they were told. The result: several elderly women thronged the local temples and spent their whole day there. Some took refuge in cashew groves as well.
“We heard we should not face our daughter-in-laws when Aadi Perukku, Aadi Amavasai and Guru Peyarchi fell on the same day. If I came face to face with their daughter-in-law, it would affect my son and his family adversely. So after taking bath early in the morning, I came to this temple. Many women have also come here like me,” Valliyammai of South Melmampattu said.
Some embarked on journeys to famous temples.