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The Temples Of Tamilnadu
Index Author
Invocation Foreword
Introduction Melmaruvathur
Tiruvannamalai Tirukkoilur
Chidambaram Vaideeswaran Koil
Sirkali Tanjore
Kumbhakonam Kancheepuram
Srirangam Palani
Madurai Tiruchendur
Rameswaram Suchindram
Kanyakumari A Bird's-Eye View
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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TIRUVANNAMALAI

KARTHIKA DEEPAM

It is one of the major annual festivals celebrated in the temple and it draws lakhs of bhaktas who throng the city and overflow the vast courtyards. It is on this day Mother Parvathi merged in Lord Siva after purificatory function. 

It is celebrated on a grand scale with rituals due. Of the ritualistic offerings made, the ghee offering to the Deepam merits mention. Devout theists offer ghee on this day for burning the gargantuan deepam atop the hill, which burns for seven days - round the clock. Indeed, the size and capacity of the Deepam stun imagination and it is the only of of its kind in Hindu India, fiat and last to be brief. The deepam is a gigantic, circular metal vessel that can hold about 2000 liters of ghee. It is five and half foot in height and five feet in diameter. For making wick, 30 metres of ghada cloth is used and is burnt with 2 kilos of camphor on the night of Karthika Pournumi. There is a traditional Mirasidar devout and dedicated who attends to this great sacred ritual. 

The requisite materials such as tins of ghee, camphor cloth, cotton bags are carried by him by noon, trekking a 8 KM rugged hilly path and burn at the auspicious moment with due of anting to relevant slokas. When once lighted, it burns for a wee , it a Rain-God does not descend on it. 

It can be seen from nearly 1 0 K M around!. A sight of it flashes the whole episode. It is a sight worthy! An occasion mighty!! A festivity most rejoicing. Hence the longing and visiting by the theists. The temple authorities and the Mirasidar attend to this with devotion unique and marvour commendable.

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About Tiruvannamalai
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Karthika Deepam.Pg.1
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Alien Asthikas.Pg.1
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King Vallala.Pg.1
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You are Here! Karthika Deepam.Pg.1
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