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~~Iniya Kaarthigai Deepam Nalvathukkal ~~

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Posted: 26 November 2012 at 10:08pm | IP Logged

2012 Karthigai Deepam 

Karthigai Deepam is a Hindu festival which is celebrated mainly by Tamil Hindus. The day of Karthigai Deepam is fixed based on Tamil Solar Calendar. It falls in the month of Karthikai when Karthigai Nakshatra prevails during Ratrimana. This is also the time when Karthigai Nakshatra coincides with Pournami, the full moon day in the month of Karthikai. 

Karthigai Deepam at Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwara Swamy temple 

Karthigai Deepam festivities at Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwara Swamy temple are the most famous one and popularly known as Karthikai Brahmotsavam. Karthigai Deepam festivity at Thiruvannamalai temple spans for 10 days. The celebration begins with Dwajarohanam on the day when Nakshatra Uthiraadam prevails at sunrise. Most of the time, Nakshatra Uthiraadam prevails 10 days before the main Karthigai Deepam day. 

Karthigai Deepam should not be confused with Bharani Deepam which is inaugural ritual of Karthigai Deepam. Bharani Deepam is done before sunrise at 4 a.m. . Bharani Deepam day falls one day before or on the same day of Karthigai Deepam. Bharani Deepam is lit inside the temple premises when Bharani Nakshatra prevails. In most years Bharani Deepam is lit at 4 a.m. on the same day of Karthigai Deepam. 

Karthigai Deepam is lit after sunset at 6 p.m. with the flame taken from Bharani Deepam. In the evening flame is carried at the top of the hill to light the Karthigai Maha Deepam. 

Karthigai Deepam is also spelled as Karthikai Deepam.


Edited by LoveViShalini - 26 November 2012 at 11:29pm

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Tamil Nadu celebrates Karthigai Deepam as the traditional festival. It is a very old festival and is also celebrated in the neighboring states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This festival is very important among the Tamils and every Tamil want to celebrate it wherever they are in this huge world.

Legends of Karthigai Deepam:

The earliest Hindu scripture states that the two great deities of Hindu culture Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma started fighting among them regarding the superiority. They both thought each one was stronger than the other. To stop this huge fight, Lord Shiva came in front of them and tried to show his supremacy. He took the shape of a huge fire and challenged the two fighting Gods to find the end of the fire from the top and bottom. Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and tried to reach the end of the fire beneath the earth. He failed miserably and came back to Lord Shiva saying that he was unable to find the end of the fire from the bottom. Lord Brahma on the other hand, took the shape of a swan and flew to find the beginning of the fire on the topside. But his search was also in vain and he was unable to find the top of the fire. Thus, Lord Shiva proved his supremacy over the two Gods and managed to stop the fight. Lord Shiva actually proved that he is the main God of the earth and there is no use in fighting among other Gods regarding their supremacy. He then appeared like hill shape on Thiruvannamalai region. In fact, the names Tiruvannamalai' and 'Arunachala' denote "holy fire hill".  Later on the kings and famous personnel built a temple on the hill in commemoration of Lord Shiva. This festival is celebrated with great marvel in this particular place.

Another legend links karthigai Deepam to Lord Muruga.  Lord Muruga adopted the form of six babies in Saravana poigai, a lake and was looked after by six krittika stars. On this day, Goddess Parvathy united all the six forms of Skantda. Thus, Lord Karthikeya has six faces and popularly known as Aarumugan in Tamil culture.

History of Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam is very old and people from long back have been associated to this auspicious occasion. The actual history may not be clearly stated in the scriptures but some citations have been found in the ancient writings. One can find a reference to this festival of lights in the the age old literature of Tamils known as Ahananuru, a collection of poems. It is one of the great books of Sangam literature that talks about the happenings between 200 BC and 300 AD. Avaiyyar, renowned woman of Sangam age also mentions about karthigai Deepam in her poems.

Hindu people respect and have complete faith on Lord Shiva. They consider him as the protector of the world and pray to him at all times.  They have a strong faith that HE will see to all their sorrows and will take great care of them. He will try to fulfill all the desires of the humans coming to him with prayers.

Sri Annamalaiar Hill is considered as Lord Shiva's great presence in Thiruvannamalai. People believe that the huge light lit during 5 pm will make people close with Lord Shiva on Kathigai Deepam. Lord Shiva will shed all his blessings during this special time of the year. He is rigidly worshipped during this time. Great care is taken to light the huge fire in this place. People gather around the place and call in the name of Shiva to put an end to all the troubles and bring in peace in every life.

This festival of lights involves lighting lights almost anywhere to put an end to darkness. They want to show lights to the Gods who will be impressed with their worship and continue to look after the followers for ages to come.

 One must not miss out the grand occasion occurring on the hills. They will feel very close to Lord Shiva and his power if they see the worship and the lit fire.


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Karthigai Deepam is an important festival of Tamils. Actually it is Tamils' Diwali. The occasion occurs during the full moon day when the moon comes in line with the Krithikai star. The women of the Tamil homes start lighting beautiful lamps from Diwali and keep the practice till the end of Karthigai festival. The number of lights is increasing day by day and on this auspicious occasion the house looks like a grand palace. The lamps are placed in almost all rooms like bedrooms, Puja room, balcony, sitting area and guest room. The women are very particular about cleaning the homes thoroughly. They wash their floors in proper way and see that the walls do not look ugly.

They draw Rangoli near the door to mark the festival as well as to make the home inviting to the guests visiting the home. The Rangoli also is surrounded by plenty of lamps of different shapes and sizes. Children go out with their friends to temples and burst crackers. People from all walks of life wear new clothes during this occasion and visit the homes of friends and families with loving gifts.

 Lord Muruga is worshipped on this day. This God is believed to possess 6 heads as it took the form of 6 babies. Their mother Parvathi joined the faces and made him look like Muruga. Tamils wait eagerly for this event to come every year. They shop for new clothes, shoes and accessories during this time. Local holidays in offices make the them enjoy the festival to the fullest. The celebration extends to three days.

What does a Deepam Signify?

Clay lamps are the symbol of this festival of light which is considered to be auspicious and is believed to ward off evil and bad effects from the house and  offer happiness and prosperity.

The lights usually represent the incorporation of happiness and prosperity in the families. The lamps will help the evil to stay away from the homes. Some people start the celebration during Navaratri or Deepavali. It is considered as extended Deepavali in South India.

Celebration at Thiruvannamalai

The huge light is lit on the Thiruvannamalai hill to commemorate the occasion when Lord Shiva showed his extreme power to the two Gods called Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. People shout in the name of Lord Shiva and rejoice the lighting ceremony. Fairs are held on the hill to attract the families spend wonderful time there.

The lighting occurring on the hills is a great show. The vehicle carries five lamps to the spot and the huge light is lit and the jubilant crowds shout "Anamallaikku Arogara". The people celebrate the festival for 10 days. The lighting of the huge light takes place on the last day.

Uttradam day is the first day of the festival when the flag is hoisted to make the public note down the beginning of the festival. Five diyas are lit early in the morning every day during the festival. The lights on the hills look fabulous and give the feel of Lord Shiva coming on this earth.

The light is lit on a huge metallic vessel in style. About 2000 liters of ghee are used in the vessel to make the light shine greatly. The diameter of the huge vessel is 5 feet and the height of the vessel is 5 and a half feet. 2 kilos of camphor are used to make the light grow properly. The wick of the vessel is made out of Ghada cloth. The dimension of the wick is 30 meters. The light on the hill is made great to make the surrounding visitors enjoy the show. The grand show can be seen from a distance of 35 kilometers all-round the famous spot.

The scene of the streets lit up and the homes being well decorated makes the people going out to feel relaxed. They enjoy every part of the festival and try to make their homes look attractive to more and more people roaming about in the nearby places.

Worshipping Lord Shiva on Karthigai Deepam at Thiruvannamalai will obliterate egoism, selfishness and delusion.

Vanquish your vanity and Embrace prosperity.

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To all my frens

Iniya Kaarthigai Deepam Nalvathukkal...
 Karthigai deepam-1

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Posted: 26 November 2012 at 11:52pm | IP Logged
Happy Karthigai Deepam SSians Big smile

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Posted: 27 November 2012 at 12:31am | IP Logged
thanks visha .. happy kartigai to everyone.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 at 12:35am | IP Logged
Originally posted by hopper_ocean

thanks visha .. happy kartigai to everyone.

Ur welcome hopper...
ENjoy the day fully...

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Posted: 27 November 2012 at 2:09am | IP Logged
Happy Karthigai Deepam to all the members :) Lovely post Vishalini :)

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