Thursday, December 11, 2008
Celebrations At Tiruvannamalai
Karthigai Deepam is the most important festival, when devotees walk round the hill and worship the Bharani Deepam, which is lit early in the morning on the final day of the festival, in the sanctum sanatorium. The Deepam is lit in a gigantic, circular metal vessel that can hold about 2,000 litres of ghee. It is five and half feet in height and five feet in diameter. For making the wick, 30m of 'Ghada' cloth is used and is burnt with 2 kilos of camphor on the night of 'Karthigai Pournami'. The Jyoti can be sighted from nearly 35-km around.
The lighting of the beacon on the top of the hill is the culmination of ten days of hectic activity in the temple town. The lighting of the Maha Deepam will take place simultaneously with "Deeparadhanam" to the five deities in the temple at the foot of the hill
THAMASOMA JYOTHIR GAMAYA Meaning
LET THE LIGHT DISPEL THE DARKNESS (OF MIND )
TODAY IS THE DAY OF KARTHIKAI DEEPAM CELEBRATED IN SOUTH INDIA