she was doing tapas and worshipping Sivalinga made of sand, Lord Siva determined
to put her to test by causing heavy floods which swallowed a huge chunk of land
along with Sivalinga. When she moaned in wilderness clinging to the melting
Linga, Siva then pacified her with the advice of continuing penance in Maharshi
Gautama's hermitage at Tiruvannamalai. She continued it under the guidance of
Gautama. In the course of penance, She was constrained to kill a demon. After
killing, She made a pond by cutting the rock with her sword The Khadga thirtha
found on the hill and the Sivalinga installed on the bank stand in evidence of
this episode. Soon she resumed her tapas with, redoubled tenacity. Pleased with
it, Siva appeared before her and declared that She could again share his body as
in the past. Parvathi performed Deva yaga - a purificatory ritual commencing on
Utharashada and ending with Karthika pournami for merging in Siva. On the
auspicious day of Karthika poumami, she went round Arunachala in the company of
Lakshmi, Saraswatlu, and Indrani accompanied by a host of rishis chanting slokas
before occupying the half of Siva's body. Siva once again became Ardhanariswar.
That day since then is celebrated as the great Karthikadeepam day every year
with great fanfare.
have witnessed now the country's the unique Deepam and known its background. In
many temples, the deepaaraadhana ritual is observed, big? none comes nearer to
this. Karthika Deepam is Karthika Deepam alone and its sanctity and awesome
cause defy description. Pay a visit and feast your eyes with that world's
holiest deepa for-eternal bliss.
: The temple lies in Tiruvannamali, accessible by four wheelers from Vellore,