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Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam

Arunachala Temple

Karthigai Maha Deepam is a great grand fest and one of the oldest festivals celebrated by the Tamil people in the Tamil month of Karthigai. It is celebrated in a grand manner at Thiruvannamalai where a huge lamp. A circular metal lamp of five and half feet height and diameter of five feet which hold 2000 litres of ghee. On this day Thiruvannamalai town, having a population of 5 lakhs, accommodates over 86 lakh people. This great grand fest reaches its high spirituality by lighting Maha Deepam at Thiruvannamalai mountain which is 2900 feet high. The Great grand feast of Karthigai Maha Deepam is celebrated for 10 days.

Before Festival Day: (7.00 Pm)

Three Days before Festival Festival at 7.00 Pm
Day 1 Durgai Amman Urchavam
Day 2 Pidari Amman Urchavam
Day 3 Vinayagar, Chandikeswarar Urchavam

Festival Day Morning Evening
First day The Holy flag is hoisted on temple which marks the feast of Thiruvannamalai after that Pancha Murthigal purappadu. Vinayagar Silver adhikara nandi, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Second day Chandrasekar surya prabha vahanam Vinayagar Indira vimanam, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Third day   Chandrasekar podha vahanam Vinayagar Sima vimanam, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Fourth day Chandrasekar Naga vahanam Vinayagar Silver Karpaga Virutcham, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Fifth day Chandrasekar Kanadi Rishabam Vinayagar Silver Kamadhenu, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Sixth day Chandrasekar Yannai vagan, 63 nayanmargal Ula Vinayagar Silver Ratham, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Seventh day Five maha radhas (Third one for god Arunachala) (120 fts) Five maha radhas (Third one for god Arunachala) (120 fts)
Eight day Chandrasekar Kudirai Vahanam Vinayagar Kudirai Vahanam, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar and pichandavar by (7.00 pm)
Ninth day Chandrasekar Purusha miruga vahanam Vinayagar - 10 thalai ravanan, Amman, subramaniyar and chandikeswarar by (7.00 pm)
Tenth day Bharani Deepam in tempel (3.00 am) Maha Deepam at hilltop (6.00 pm)

After Festival Day: (7.00 Pm)

After 10th Day Festival at 7.00 Pm
Day 1 Swami theppa Urchavam
Day 2 Amman theppa Urchavam
Day 3 Subramaniyar theppa Urchavam
Day 4 Chandikeswarar Urchavam