EPISODE OF KARTHIKA DEEPAM
all, Karthigai Deepam - Beacon Festival is celebrated with elaborate
rituals and processions lasting for days; devout theists who want to
avail this rare opportunity for bliss have to follow certain sastric
injections. The pilgrim who starts for Tiruvannamalai is ordained to
take one meal on the previous day - Bharani, and worship
Bharanideepam early in the morning of Karthigai. He must go round
the hill walking the entire distance of 8 miles. He should pray at
Adi Annamalai temple and see the Karthikai deepam in the night,
without meal the whole day.
is only on the next day he has to take meal; for, it is such a
sacred and unique darsan that no parallel could be found anywhere in
the world. And its mystic significance is explained thus - body is
the hill; mind, the vessel; devotion, the wick; meditation, the
ghee; breath, the camphor, and wisdom , the fire.
By lighting this flame thus to dispel darkness enveloping soul, the
devotee is made to merge in the Paranjyoti -the Lord of Kailas. And
this Lord is the personification of compassion, and whoever prays to
him with genuine devotion, he grants any thing and everything.
Moreover, this Bhaktavasankar takes upon himself all the
responsibilities and undergoes any privation in discharging the
ardeous tasks of his children.