Monday, October 1, 2012

Karthika Deepam


Karthik Poornima celebrated in the month of November-December is the sacred day, when the ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of brightly-lit earthern lamps. Visitors throng in large numbers to watch this spectacular event, famous as 'Dev Deepawali'.

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Kartik Poornima is very auspicious and religious day for the Jains. This is the day of ‘Nirvana’ of Lord Mahavira, the twenty-fourth Tirthankara. To them it is the 'Deva Diwali' when Lord Mahavira is worshiped, Jain holy books, Agams are read and homes and temples are illuminated. Lamps are lit under the moonlight sky and a family feast celebrates this day. Jains celebrate it by visiting 'Palitana' one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage places.


Karthigai Deepam also referred as Annamalai Deepam, the festival of lamps is one of the oldest of Tamil festivals. It is the festival of lights, continued from Diwali. 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. During this festival, people also flock to the Annamali Hills to worship the 'Bharani Deepam'. A huge lamp is lit early in the morning on the final day of the festival in the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine. It is said that the flame of the lame does not flicker on this day and reveals the form of Lord Muruga, reaching up to the sky. The lighting of the beacon on the top of the hill is the finale of ten days of merriment in the town.

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