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with the grace of Lord Muruga.

 

Om Thatpurushaya Vidhmahe

Maha Senaya Dhimahi

Thannah Shanmukha Prachodhayath

 

Meaning of Murugan Gayatri Mantra

 

Om, let us meditate that Supreme lord who is the Supreme General of the great Deva Army, Lord Shanmukha or Muruga. May He enlighten us and lead us to be one with him.

 

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This is a f11 aperture/56 sec exposure/1000 ISO shot. This was shot on the deepam festival day at Thiruvannamalai. I shot this at 7.18 pm when it was dark and when the thiruvannamalai hill was lit by moon light. No processing except increasing the saturation a little.

 

About the Festival:

 

Thiruvannamalai Karthigai Maha Deepam is a festival observed in the Tamil month of Karthikai at famous Tiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwara swamy temple in the temple town Thiruvannamalai located in Tamil Nadu, India. It is celebrated on Kartikai Pournami, the Full Moon day in the month of Kaarthikai.

 

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.

 

On the final day of the Karthigai festival, the Bharani Deepam will be lit in the Sanctum Sanctorum early in the Morning. The Maha Deepam will be lit on the hill top on the evening (at 6 pm). The Maha Deepam can be seen even from a distance of 35 km. The lighting of the Maha Deepam will take place simultaneously with Deeparadhanam to the five deities in the temple at the foot of the hill.

 

More Info can be found in the following links:

 

www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/Tiruvannamalai/tvm_deepam.html

tiruvannamalai.yogiramsuratkumar.net/

www.tiruvannamalaicity.com/deepam-festival.php

 

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LET THERE BE LIGHT IN EVERY HOME. LET THERE BE PEACE, HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN EVERY ONE'S LIFE.

 

LET GOOD PREVAIL OVER EVIL..

  

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Normally Kolams are drawn at dawn to welcome guests but on Karthigai Deepam they welcome Krithiga, the Godess of light, at dusk.

 

2008-12-11

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Tiruvannamalai (called Trinomali during British times) is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is administered by a special grade municipality that covers an area of 16.33 km2 (6.31 sq mi) and had a population of 144,683 as of 2011. It is the administrative headquarters of Tiruvannamalai District. Roadways are the major mode of transport in Tiruvannamalai, while the town also has rail connectivity. Chennai International Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport to the town. Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar. The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December, and a huge beacon is lit atop the Annamalai hill. The event is witnessed by three million pilgrims. On the day preceding each full moon, pilgrims circumnavigate the temple base and the Annamalai hills in a worship called Girivalam, a practice carried out by one million pilgrims yearly.

 

Located on the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan, and the British. It served as the capital city of the Hoysalas. The town is built around the Annamalaiyar Temple like other Nayak capitals. Tiruvannamalai is administered by a special-grade a municipality constituted in 1886. Tiruvannamalai has an average elevation of 200 metres (660 ft) and experiences a hot and humid climate. Being a pilgrimage town, most of the people are employed in the teritiary sector. There are 25 elementary schools, nine high schools, 18 higher secondary schools, four arts & science colleges and four engineering colleges in the town.

Tiruvannamalai Temple Entrance,

 

Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal representing the fire element along with Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikoil and Kanchipuram representing sky, air, water and earth respectively.

 

Four Brahmotsavams are celebrated every year, the most famous of which is the one celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthikai (November/December). The ten day event culminates on the day of Karthigai Deepam. On that evening, a huge lamp is lit in a cauldron with three tons of ghee at the top of the Annamalai hill.

 

Every full moon night, tens of thousands of pilgrims worship Shiva by circumambulating the Arunachala hill barefoot. The circumambulation covers a distance of about 14 km. On the yearly Chitra Powrnami (full moon) night in the Tamil calendar year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the world visit the town.

 

Advaita Vedanta guru Ramana Maharshi lived in Thiruvannamalai for fifty three years until his death in 1950. His ashram, Ramanasramam, is located at the foot of the Arunachala hill, to the west of the town. Seshadri Swamigal and Yogi RamSurat Kumar are examples of two other gurus who lived in this city.

Madurai City Life

Today, 1st December at full moon Madurai celebrated the birth of Lord Muruga, created out of the divine light of Lord Shiva with the assistance of the Goddess Krithiga revealing herself as an ear pendant formed by six stars in the sky, symbol of the six faces of Lord Muruga. Rows of oil lamps lead the way to welcome Lord Muruga in every house.

Karthigai vaalthugal

 

2009-12-01

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Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

At every home and every shop, women were drawing kolams in late afternoon for Karthigai Deepam to add the oil lamps at sunset.

 

2008-12-11

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Karthikai Deepam[1] or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu specially Tamils Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar.

 

This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and pournami. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear.

 

The story of six stars

 

Many legends and lyrical poetry have grown round this star. The six stars are considered in Indian mythology as the six celestial nymphs who reared the six babies in the saravana tank which later were joined together to form the six faced Muruga. He is therefore called Karthikeya, the incarnation of lord Shiva as his second son after lordGanesha. Stories tells lord shiva created Muruga from his 3rd eye[2] of six primary faces (Tatpurusam,[3] Aghoram,[4]Sadyojatam,[5] Vamadevam,[6] Eesanam,[7]Adhomukam[8]). Stories tells the six forms made into six child and each of them brought up by the six Karthigai nymphs and later merged into one by his mother Parvati.

 

While merging he also formed into a six faced (Arumugam and twelve handed god. The Lord muruga is also portrayed with his six plays[9] and worshiped with six names.

 

As the six nymphs helped in growing the six child, lord shiva blessed immortality to the six nymphs as ever living stars on the sky. Any worship performed to this six stars is equal to worshiping lord muruga himself. They are worshiped by lit up with rows of oil lamps (Deepam) in the evening of the festival day around the souses and streets. Karthikai Deepam is also known as Kartikeya, or Muruga's birthday.

 

Other Mythological Stories and Literature on this 6 stars

Went to Mailam Murugan temple with Mohamed Rafi and friends to capture some karthigai deepam clicks.

Model: Sridevi

Camera: Canon 500D

Lens: EF-S18-55

Shutter Priority : 1/8 Handheld so increased ISO to 1600 with F5 without flash

 

Waiting for Rafi's & Madhu's clicks on thier stream :)

Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai month (November/December), which is observed in every home and in every temple. Rows of agal vilakkus (oil lit lamp)in front of every house... this is the image that at once comes to mind when we think of Karthigai Deepam - the festival of lights that is celebrated throughout Tamil Nadu during the month of Karthigai (November-December).

Madurai - City Life

Karthigai, the month of illumination and brightness, denicated to the Goddess Krithiga and Lord Shiva creating together with His light Lord Murugan, born out of light, celebrated today by full moon all over Tamil Nadu with enlightening oillamps at home and here at the Meenakshi Temple.

 

Happy Karthigai Vaalthugal !

 

2008-12-11

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Another festival to celebrate lights. And my way of announcing to all ye folks, I am in Chennai, India for a little more than a month. (87/365)

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This festival is also known as festival of lights. Oil lamps are lit and placed all around the house. The above photograph was the view of our staircase with the lighted oil lamps.

கார்த்திகைச் சொக்கப்பனை - வெள்ளீஸ்வரர் திருக்கோயில் ,திருமயிலை.

 

This Concludes the postings on " Karthigai Deepam Festival",consisting of 23 images.

Month of karthigai arrives with all the houses shimmering in the oil lit Deepam.

Madurai City Life

Highlights on Karthigai Deepam Festival.

 

2009-12-01

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East meets West............., Karthigai Deepam With Christmas lights

One among the festivals during the festive season of India, September to December.

Llums davant del temple Arunachala de Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu, Índia), a la festa del Karthigai Deepam

Lights in front of the temple of Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu, India), on the Karthigai Deepam Festival

Luces frente al templo Arunachala de Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadú, India), en la fiesta del Karthigai Deepam

Oil lamps on a silver plate before being set out on the steps of our home at dusk - on 'Karthigai Deepam' festival

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

father helping a bit,

a way to pass on the Karthigai tradition,

a feast for young and old

 

2008-12-11

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Karthigai in Mahabalipuram

Karthigai Deepam is celebrated in Nov-Dec with full moon. It's one of the nicest festivals of Tamil Nadu.

The intimacy and open inviting character in temples and homes makes this day unforgettable.

Mostly I'm in Madurai with Karthigai but this year it was early,

so I went to the Vishnu Perumaal Temple to enjoy the mood.

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Karthigai Deepam

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

in their nicest dresses,

enlighthening the kolam,

wonderful Karthigai light

 

2008-12-11

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Karthigai Deepam bokeh with Prime lens

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

The festival is only one evening celebrated and the mood in these small traffic free alleys is really joyful, all doors are open, only oil lamps enlighten their houses.

 

2008-12-11

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Karthigai Deepam at nighborhood

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Only on Karthigai nights these traffic free alleys get such a warm light lively mood for young and old.

 

2008-12-11

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Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Even the small street Temples that escaped the tabula rasa in favor of traffic, get a special attention on Karthigai Deepam Day.

 

2008-12-11

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Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Every single house had their kolam and oil lamps in the small streets, a feast of light to walk through, all in an elated festival mood.

 

2008-12-11

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The Karthigai Deepam festival mostly celebrated by Tamil community. Karthigai Deepam is a festival observed in the Tamil month of karthigai . Karthigai is essetially a festival of lamps. It is celebrated on kartigai Pournami, the full moon day in the month of kaarthigai. This festival coincider with krithikai Nakshatram. It is also celebrated as the extension of Deepavali. The festival is celebrated for three days.

Karthigai Deepam, Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Of course with Karthigai Deepam, children were happy to play with crackers and firework again, the left-overs, lucky a lot less then with Diwali when Madurai exploded of firework.

 

2008-12-11

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Long Exposure Shot to capture the best of the lovely sacred Deepam

the Sokkappanai is conducted as a event of karthigai Deepam, the darkness in our heart should be removed and light should be enlightened. This is Done using dry palm leaves.

Every part of the palm tree used for others. Ignited the sacred ashes of palm leaves, which are used by us . As we also want be useful for others

   

Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Sure she was happy staying up late in her best dress for Karthigai Deepam Festival.

 

2008-12-11

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Madurai - City Life - Karthigai Deepam

Religion is still an integer part of life in Madurai,

even the wholesale's man joins this Holy festival Karthigai

by putting oil lamps outside.

 

It is celebrated on only one evening and gives Madurai

a whole different look in the night,

a real moody walk that evening in town, sharing with you.

 

2008-12-11

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