Discussion in 'Festivals & Special Days' started by kanaka Raghavan, Nov 20, 2007.
May this another festival of lights bring in happiness into the homes of all our friends.
I saw these informations while browsing , I want to share this with you all in this occation.
Happy Karthigai Deepam!
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. In some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam.
It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact locatin of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi(light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.
Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.
On this day, we clean the houses. In the evening, we draw kolams(rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. We place the lamps(Agal) in the pooja and light them . Then we do the deeparathana and move the lamps to different places in the house. The lamps will glow all over the streets on this day. We arrange the lamps near the doors and windows and also in the balconies.In this way, we celebrate for three days.
Happ y Karthigai to all. May the Lord shower his blessings on all of us and familes too And may your life be bright as the lamps lit on this special and auspicious day.
Happy Karthigai to all!
Thanks Krishnamma for the detailed infortmation and Kanaka for starting this thread!
Hi Friends ,
I wish u all a very happy karthigai Deepam !!!!!!!!!
May our lives shine n glow like the Deepam...........