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Light the lamp of love with the Karthigai deepam

Posted on November 23, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Come December 9, this year and all the people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are going to go into a celebration mood. This auspicious day observed in the month of the Tamil month Karthigai and in the Malayalam month Vrischika, the Karthigai deepam marks the day when the moon is found to be in conjunction with the Karthigai constellation. The dates December 8, December 9, and December 10 are in line to be celebrated as Karthigai Deepam by various communities. The Singapore Hindu community is having it on December 8. There are many celebrating it on December 10. But predominantly it is on December 9. So you can find all the South Indian temples being lit with lamps and the streets and homes in villages and towns glittering in the light of the lamps. The Thiruvannamalai deepam is also celebrated and lit on this day.

Karthigai deepam

This Tamil festival of lights is celebrated widely in Tamil Nadu. It is said that during this festival the constellation of the Karthigai looks like a group of six stars and it looks as if it is like a pendant from the ear. There are many legends that govern around this festival. The six stars are believed to be the six nymphs from heaven who brought up six babies in the tank of Saravana. This later joined to form the six faced Muruga. So Muruga is called Karthikeya meaning the one who was brought up by the nymphs of the Karthigai. Houses and streets light up with small oil lamps on this day.

The lamps are made of brass and have a special shape to them. There is lot of gaiety and celebration and the front of the house has a rangoli outside it.


The lighted lamp is a great auspicious sign for the festival. This is believed to drive away the evil spirits and brings in lot of joy and prosperity. The lighted lamp is an important feature of any Hindu festival and for Karthigai deepam it is a compulsory affair. The festival also marks the bonding between brothers and sisters. This is very similar to the Bhaiya Dooj and the Rakhi festival down north. All the sisters pray for the prosperity of their brothers and light lamps for them.

Myth has that Lord Siva came in the form of a huge light before the Lord Vishnu and Brahma. There was a contest to decide who Supreme was. The challenge was that they had to search for Lord Siva’s head and feet and the person who finds it is the most supreme. Lord Vishnu became a boar and went into earth, and Lord Brahma became a swan and went to the skies. Both failed in their efforts and Lord Brahma saw a piece of the thazambu flower which had been floating there for 1000 years and had fallen off from Shiva. He said he had seen Lord Shiva’s head. Lord Shiva got angry at this falsehood and cursed that there could never be a temple for Lord Brahma and that he could never have the thazambu in his worship. Thus Lord Shiva in the form of a flame is the Karthigai Deepam.

Karthigai deepam festival

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