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Karthika Deepam

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Karthikai Deepam is also known as Karthigai Deepam; it is a festival of lights celebrated by Tamilian Hindus. It is celebrated in the month of November or December that falls on the full moon day in the month of Karthigai. The festival is observed in every household and temple and occurs when the moon is in conjunction with the Karthigai constellation.

The groups of six stars that form the Karthigai constellation are considered as the celestial nymphs according the Hindu mythology, which reared the six babies from the Sarvana tank and were later joined to form the six faced Muruga.


Rows of oil lit lamps, which are known as ‘Agal Vilakkus’ are lit in every south Indian household during the Karthigai festival. The lighted lamps symbolize joy and prosperity and are also believed to ward off evil. The festival also celebrates the bonding between sisters and brothers in southern India. The sisters pray for the success and prosperity of their brothers.

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Karthigai festival celebrated in the hills of Tiruvannamalai is very popular. On the day of the Karthigai, a huge lamp is lit up on a hill, which is visible for several kilometers around the hill. This fire is called Mahadeepam.


by Kapil
by Kapil