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Thiruvannamalai Maha Karthigai Deepam

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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.


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Taken on November 21, 2010