Along with the sanctity attained by its,
and sthalams, the annual beacon festival - Karthikadeepam is raising
its importance and contributing much to win global attention to such
enviable degree that the mere mention of Tiruvannarnalai brings
salvation to the religionists, whereas to get the same merit,
according to puranas, one has to be born at Tiruvarur, or adore the
Lord of Chidambaram, or shuffle off the mortal coils at Kasi.
No wonder then that it has been casting an irresistable spell on
religionists and saints since its emergence in the Krita yuga.
Eminent Nayanmars of Saivism and Alwars of Vaishnavisim not only
visited several times, but sang in praise of the Lord extempore,
besides composing master pieces.
Among the galaxy of spiritual
celebrities, Sage Gautama, Pangu Muni, King Brihadatta, demon king
Pulakathipa, Appar, Sarnbandar; Sundarar, Manicavachagar; Arunagirinathar, Guhai
Narnasivayar, Isanya Gnana Desikar,
Virupaksha Devar, Daivasikamani Desikar deserve special mention.
They owe their eminence to their association with the Lord Siva
alone, and obtained salvation by worshipping hire. Rarnana Maharshi,
Seshadri Swamigal, Jatini Shanmuga
yogini and Iswara Swamigal adorn the list of modern age