Significance of Karthigai Deepam or Tiruvannamalai Deepam

Karthika Deepam, also known as Karthikai Vilakkidu or Thrikarthika, is an important Hindu festival of lights. The festival is celebrated by Hindus all over the world, with special significance in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and Kerala. 

Karthika Deepam is celebrated with great importance at Thiruvannamalai. Special light is lit at the top of the hill at Thiruvannamalai which is the abode of Lord Shiva, called as Agni Shetram or Agni Sthalam (one of the five aspects called Panchaboothams). This festival is called as Tiruvannamalai Deepam. Every year lakhs of devotees throng to the famous Annamalaiyar temple in Thiruvannamalai to witness the lighting of the Karthigai Deepam.  

Significance of Karthigai Deepam or Tiruvannamalai Deepam

Story associated with Karthigai Deepam

Kaarthigai Deepam brings to mind the legend of Lord Muruga who took the form of six babies in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". He was formed from the eyes of Lord Shiva as six flames. These six flames turned into six babies which were united by Goddess Parvati (his mother) on this day. Special rituals are performed to Lord Muruga on this day.

Thiruvannamalai Temple of Shiva

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