Karthigai festival or the Karthigai Deepam is one of the important festival celebrated in southern part of India especially in Tamil nadu and Kerala. It is also called as Thirukarthigai and is celebrated on the day when the Karthigai nakshtra and pournami day coincides. The Karthigai deepam is fixed in the Karthigai month in the Tamil solar calendar.
This year the Karthigai Deepam is celebrated on 6th of December 2022 that falls on a Tuesday.
Karthigai Nakshatram timings
Begins - Dec 06, 2022 at 08:38 AM and Ends - Dec 07, 2022 at 10:25 AM
Karthigai Deepam is celebrated in Hindu temples and in Hindu families by lighting up the lamps and offering sweets to the God. Karthigai deepam at Thiruvannamalai is very famous.
Karthigai Deepam at Thiruvannamalai - Arunachaleswarar swamy temple ( Annamalaiyaar kovil )
Thiruvannamalai is the Agni stalams of the lord Shiva worshipped in the form of fire. Devotees from all over the world visit the pilgrimage during the Karthigai season to seek the blessings of the almighty Lord.
- The Karthigai festival at Thiruvannamalai happens for 10 days and is popularly known as Karthigai Bramhotsavam. The festival begins 10 days before the Karthgai Nakshatra with a Dwajarohana on a day with uttiradam nakshatra at sunrise.
And the festival moves on with car festivals around the temple and many rituals are performed to the deities. Local people and people from all over the world come here to view the car festivals (thear thiruvizha)
On the last day of the Karthigai festival the bharani deepam is lit before the sunrise at 4 a.m. and the Karthigai deepam is lit in the evening soon after sunset at 6 p.m. in a huge lamp at the top of Thiruvannamalai mountain.
How Karthigai Deepam is celebrated at Home:
- At homes the women decorate the house with flowers and mango leaves , draw colourful rangolis and prepare sweets to offer to the lord. In the evening many lamps are lit at a time and the entire house is decorated with lamps. And the sweets are shared among friends and relatives.
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