Details about Tamil Nadu Karthigai Deepam Festival
Tamil people celebrate their Karthigai Deepam festival in a very grand manner. The special event of this festival is lightening of lambs/flames in each of their houses and enjoy very much. The day on Karthigai Deepam in every tamilians house will be filled with light. The festival is celebrated in the Tamil month KARTHIGAI and Deepam which means light. So the light that is lit on this Karthigai month is called to be as Karthigai Deepam. The festival is a traditional one for the Tamil people. The Tamilians celebrate this festival as the commemoration of their ancestors. During this festival the Tamil people clean their house and make it very perfect. The feed the poor and down trodden and help them. On this day they wear new dresses and show their happiness. Special discounts are given by the business people for great income through this festival…!!. Any how this festival is celebrated in order to make all the people in Tamil Nadu. Not only in Tamil nadu this Karthigai Deepam festival is also celebrated in the neighboring states of Tamil nadu like Kerala, Andra Pradesh and Karnataka. This festival is also celebrated all over the world where ever the Tamil people are present. This gives unity among the Tamilians and the feeling of oneness.
Karthigai Deepam Festival in Sri Annamalaiar Temple
The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated all over Tamil nadu. In the Thiruvannamalai Sri Annamalaiar Temple the Karthigai Deepam is celebrated in a very very grand manner. The Thiruvannamalai Sri Annamalaiar festival is very famous in Tamil Nadu. The Karthigai Deepam festival in Thiruvannamalai is celebrated for Ten days. On the final day / Tenth day the huge flame called Raja Deepam is lighted on the top of the Annamalaiar hill. The light is very giant that it could be visible from even twenty five kilo meters. The Raja Deepam is lighted in commemoration of Lord Shiva who took a great fire Ruba to prove his mighty power in the universe.
The Hindu scripts acknowledge that there was a giant fight between Lord Brahman and Lord Vishnu. The two said that they are the most powerful than the other. Lord Shiva who is the great divine God wanted to teach a lesion for this two Lord Brahman and Lord Vishnu that He is the only ultimate being in the world. Lord Shiva has taken a Ruba of fire and appeared before these two gods. The fire was very huge and can't be described. Lord Shiva in the form of fire said to Lord Brahman and Lord Vishnu that who ever reaches the top and the bottom of the. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahman went to the each side. One went to the high to find the top of the fire and the other went down digging the earth to find the bottom of the starting fire. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahman had travelled for years and years but failed to reach the end of the fire. The two gods could not find the starting and ending place of the fire. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahman understood their mistake and accepted Lord Shiva as the ultimate God of the universe.
Lord Brahman and Lord Vishnu thought that if Lord Shiva stays on this earth then the people will never feel worried. The people will be well looked after by Lord Shiva himself. And so there will not be any more problem for the people who live on this earth. So in order to fulfill their desire they both begged Lord Shiva to remain with them on this earth and help the poor people who are in his need. To make them happy Lord Shiva himself accepted to stay with them on this earth. Then Lord Shiva took the form of a giant hill and remained with the people for ever. This Lord Shiva's hill is now said to be the Sri Annamalaiar Hill in Thiruvannamalai.
After year the temple was build for Lord Shiva. In this place Lord Shiva is called in the name of Annamalaiar. After various kings' valuable contribution the Sri Annamalaiar Temple has taken the present form. So in remembrance of Lord Shiva's great form the Karthigai Deepam is festival is celebrated. It is believed that on this special occasion on Karthigai Deepam the Lord Shiva's light is opened and shedding upon the human beings.
History of the Karthigai Deepam Festival
It is difficult to define the history of Karthigai Deepam festival. As it is very old and ancient festival we can not say exactly about the birth of Karthigai Deepam festival. But the ancient scripts give us the information that the Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated before thousands of years. Many Hindu scripts provide us the evidence that the Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated in very ancient periods. Some say that this festival is the commemoration of lord Shiva's giant light that he has taken to prove his power to Lord Brahman and Lord Vishnu. There are many stories which related to the evidence the birth of Karthigai