|Karthigai Deepam at Thiruvannamalai temple. Sampath Speaking|
The the most sacred part of this unique festival is lighting of oil lamps at homes, temples and in the work place. The idea behind this festival is to get rid of the old, unwanted things in the house and replacing them with new ones and it has philosophical connotation, implying elimination of bad or negative thoughts, ignorance and replacing them with positive thoughts, just like a ray of light dispelling darkness. Hence, in this festival oil lamps are personification of holiness and prosperity. The place where it is lit gets sanctified, creating positive energy. When you light a series of oil lamps at home, it brings in happiness, so much so, in the temples oil lamps create an atmosphere of reverence, respect and devotion to the all pervading god.
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|Thiruvannamalai temple, Tamil Nadu. Deccan Chronicle|
|Karthigai. Arunachaleshwara Temple, Tamil nadu. Poompuhar|
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|karthigai deepam wick Tiruchi rockfort. www.thehindu.com|
On the Karthigai deepam day in the city of Tiruchirapalli, “Karthigai deepam” will be lit in the evening around 6 pm on a cauldron made of copper atop Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva). A large number of devotees will participate in this holy festival with utter devotion and reverence. According to temple authorities, the deepam will keep going for three long days. It is quite interesting to note that
preparation for the big-sized wick for the “deepam” will be taken up at least one week before the festival. A whooping 6,000-metre cotton cloth is used for making the giant wick, and about 1,000
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liters of ‘iluppai’ and gingely oil besides ghee will be used to get the deepam going. The Maha deepam with all its brilliance atop the rock fort will be visible all around the city. Later there will be a procession of idols around the nearby streets.
|Karthigai deepam, Meenakshi temple, Madurai .thehindu.com/|
|Karthigai deepam, Thiruparamkundram temple.thehindu.com|
At the near-by Subramaniya Swamy temple, Thiruparamkundram, Maha Deepam will be lit in the evening after puja. At the entrance of homes around the temple, as in other places, people will light the clay lamp after Maha Deepam is lit atop the hill. According to the temple officials, preparation for the Maha Deepam here is done by the team from Thiruvannamalai and it takes quite a few days to make the preparation. Normally 120 meters of cotton cloth, 5 kgs of camphor and about 350 liters of oil and ghee are needed for the Maha deepam.
In all temples dedicated to Subramanya, Ganapathi, Shiva and Vishnu, Karthigai Deepam festival is observed with piety.Temples are well decorated with Kolam/rangoli and rows of oil lamps. The belief has been that the new year will bring in happiness, prosperity and self-contentment.