Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam is the popular festival of southern part of India and is the oldest festival with splendid and elaborated celebrations all over the state of Tamil Nadu. The festival is also termed as "Festival of Lights" and is also considered the extension of Deepavali Festival. Karthigai Deepam is the most significant festival that is celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Arunachaleswarar temple.In this year Karthikai Deepam falls on November or December.This Karthikai Deepam is celebrated as a ten day festival and it widely known as Karthigai Brahmotsavam. People clean their houses and decorate them with 'Kolam' patterns on the festive occasion.

It is only after the 'Deeparathana' (worship ritual) that the lamps are moved to all the parts of the house and lit to create the dreamy look that enchants everyone. During this festival, people also flock to the Annamali Hills (thus it also known as Annamalai Deepam) to worship the Bharani Deepam, the huge lamp that is lit early in the morning on the final day of the festival in the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine. It is said that the flame of the lame does not flicker on this day and reveals the form of Lord Murugan, reaching up to the sky. The Deepam actually a colossal circular metal vessel with a capacity to hold about 2,000 litres of ghee, a height of five and half feet and diameter of five feet. The wick of the lamp itself is made up of 30m of 'Ghada' cloth burnt using 2 kilos of camphor. It is claimed that on the night of 'Karthigai Pournami', when the lamp is lit it can be seen across an area of 35km around the shrine.

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