Friday, December 09, 2005

'Deepam' Festival

'Deepam' Festival

The most renowned festival in the world dedicated the Lord Arunachaleswar of Thiruvannamalai, shortly called as Thiruvannamalai Deepam  is observed on December 13th this year. 

Significance of Thiruvannamalai

Four places gain significance in getting the salvation (moksha). They are of the following order:

  1. Being born in Thiruvarur
  2. Passing the last days of the life @Kasi or Varanasi
  3. Worshipping @Chidambaram
  4. Mere thinking of Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai also earns the pride of being the Theyu or Agni Sthalam. Agni forms one of the five components that comprises the universe. The five components are:

  1. Bhoomi (Earth)
  2. Water
  3. Fire (Agni)
  4. Air (Vayu)
  5. Sky or the Ether

Significance of Karthigai Deepam

The Deepam festival is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Karthigai (roughly falls during the November-December) every year.  It begins on the Uttradam day and goes for about 9 days thereon.  The Deepam festival also coincides with the Pournami (Full Moon Day). At dusk of the same, a light is also lit in the hillock nearby.  You can witness large chants of "Annamalai Hara Haro Hara" that keep reverberating through the entire temple town of Thiruvannamalai.

For some years, even satellite television channels like Sun TV, Jaya TV organize direct telecast of the festival, so that all users worldwide get the glimpse of the divine festival right from thier desktops (using TV Tuner) and setTops/cable connections (Televisions).

Pancharatra Festival

The Deepam festival also coincides with the Pancharatra Deepam that is observed in all Sri Vaishnavite temples worldwide. The dates too, roughly coincide about the same like the Thiruvannamalai Deepam.

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