Karthigai Deepam Celebration in Chennai
Chennai is celebrating Karthigai Deepam festival in a very grand manner. Karthigai Deepam festival is very famous among the Hindus and they believe that the Karthigai Deepam festival believe that it brings glory to the house. Karthigai Deepam is one of the oldest festivals celebrated by Chennai people.
Karthikai Deepam is a festival lights celebrated in TamilNadu in the month of Karthigai (Tamil Month). Karthigai Deepam celebrated on full moon day in the month of Karthigai which happen together with Krithikai star. This is an extension of Deepavali. Karthigai Deepam is celebrated especially in Thiruvannamalai. There is a story about this Deepam Festival.
Lord Shiva, Brahma And Lord Vishnu
Once Lord Shiva asked Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. But it was not possible to find out the exact location for both of them. Lord Vishnu took the form of boar and delved in to the earth, Lord Brahma became a swan and flew in the sky. Lord Vishnu failed in his search and turned back. But Lord Brahma wanted to prove that he had seen the head of the Lord Shiva and took the help of the flower called thazhambu, because he learnt that had been floating down for thirty thousand years from the Lord Shiva's head. To prove his point Lord Brahma lied that he had got the flower from Lord Shiva's head and the flower also lied. Lord Shiva realized the falsehood and cursed him that there would never be a temple for Lord Brahma in this world and interdicted the use of the flower thazhambu in his pooja.
Then Lord Shiva took the form of light of fire on the hill of Thiruvannamalai. That is why, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. On this day, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and which is visible for several kilometers.
Lord Muruga and his six faces
There is another story also about this. Lord Muruga ,son of Lord Shiva took the form of six babies in a lake " Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were united by his mother Parvathi . That is why he had six faces. Special poojas were also performed during this day to Lord Muruga.
In Chennai People clean the houses. In the evening, ladies draw rangoli(Kolam) in front of the house and place the oil lit lamps on it. Some are doing fasting also this day. Chennai Ladies make appam, Vadai and some sort of Urundai )pori Urudai) puffed rice and jaggery as neivediyam. The lamps are also first placed in the pooja and lighted. After the pooja they place the lamps in the different places in the house.
In Chennai lamps glow all over the streets which is nice to see. Ladies place the lamps near the doors and windows and balconies. In Tamil Nadu people celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days. During the month of Karthigai, people lit the agal (oil lamp) daily in the evening times which is placed in the entrance of the door.
Ladies make a row of lamps in every house of Chennai. In Hindu festivals, Karthigai Deepam is a festival of TamilNadu and Kerala which is celebrated especially by Tamil and Malayalees throughout the globe.