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 Karthigai 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 location 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 Jothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamalai. 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 pooja’s are performed to Lord Muruga.
Maha Karthigai Deepam Festival in Thiruvannamalai on Nov 21, 2010
.Thiruvannamalai, is one of the most beautiful location with an extremely good quality of spiritual life. It has access to Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Trichy,at an equidistance of 180 kms. A dynamic, inexpensive, friendly city, is famous for its spiritual atmosphere. We search for the secrets of life, all through our life. Those who have seen and experienced the Arunachala Hill, have found that its presence is all enveloping and revealing. Arunachala Hill has many names. Some of them are,
• the Mountain of Light
• the Mountain without Beginning or End
• the Mountain of Bliss,
Arunachala Hill is believed to be the physical personification of the great God Dakshinamurthi, the Lord shiva
Every year, Maha Karthigai Deepam Festival is celebrated in Thiruvannamalai. This year this festival is celebrated on November 21, 2010 in Arunachala Hills, Thiruvannamalai.
Fasting is very auspicious on Maha Karthigai Deepam Festival day. So, be fasting and get blessings of the Lord shiva.