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Celebrated In : Tamil Nadu.
In the Month of : November or December.
Duration : 10 days.
Also Known as : Festival of Lights.
Having its celebration in the month of November or December, the Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It marks its beginning of the Uttradam Day, where there is a flag hoisting done and then the festival continues for nine days. This festival is also known as Festival of Lights. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthaigai month wherein it coincides with the krithikai star, this is also considered as an addition of the Diwali Festival. There is cleaning of homes done before the festival arrives at the time when the festival goes on People draw kolams which means Rangoli in front of their houses and light some lamps on the Rangoli. In some of the houses they add the numbers of the lamps as the days increases as of the Diwali day and makes an end to this on the day of Karthigai Deepam. Ardhanareeswarar is brought out to this situated with the 5 deepams that uare planted in a big bud vase close to the flug-stuff. The beacon light on the hill is also lit at the same time.
Here you can see huge devotees who throng in here from all over the world, million of voices cry at the same time, “Harohara to Annamalai". This is the most important festival that falls in the Tamil month of Karthagai. Every festival as a legend behind its celebration same is the case with Karthigai Deepam, the story goes like when Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma was fighting to find out who is more powerful suddenly in the middle of the fight Lord Shiva appeared in the form of huge pillar, and seeing the pillar Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu forgetting their quarrel began to find the top and bottom of the pillar, then Lord Brahma in the form of swan and Lord Krishna converted himself into a boar, their search continued for two years but neither of them could find about the top and the bottom, after sometime they realized that the pillar was Lord Shiva. Soon after this Lord Shiva appeared as a hill at Tiruvannamalai of Tamil Nadu.