Why do we celebrate karthigai Deepam


Karthigai Deepam, a festival of lights, celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on the Full moon day of the Karthigai Month (Mid November – Mid December) every year. So, why do we celebrate Karthigai Deepam? The festival is celebrated for Lord Shiva and his son Lord Muruga.

Why is Karthigai Deepam celebrated?
Earthern lamps placed on stairs and on entrances

Why is Karthigai deepam celebrated

Legend 1

It is believed that; once there was a war in between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Lord Shiva hence decided to intervene and put an end to it. He took the form of a huge fire (Agni) whist standing between them. He challenged the 2 Gods that the first God to find the origin of the fire is the winner. In order to conclude his win, Lord Vishnu is believed to have taken the form of a Bear and he tried to find the fire starting from the bottom of the earth. But as claimed by him, Lord Vishnu could not find it and he failed. Similarly, Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and decided to find the origin from the top of the fire.

Even Lord Brahma failed to find the origin of the fire. So, accepting the defeat they both decided to stop the fight between them. Lord Shiva is believed to have taken the shape of a mountain and rested there. Legends say that the mountain is the one at Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu.

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Legend 2

Another Legends describes that Lord Muruga was born out of Lord Shiva’s third eye as six individual sparks. The power generated by the sparks were huge that they had to put the sparks into lake Saravana. The 6 individual sparks took the shape of 6 babies. The babies were then raised by 6 Krithika sisters. Thus, the name Karthikeyan. On this day, the Parvathy came to the lake and made all 6 babies into one. Thus, Lord Muruga has 6 faces. Therefore, the day the babies got united into one is believed to be one of the legends behind celebrating Karthigai Deepam. Hence, the answer to the question of Why karthigai Deepam is celebrated.

How to celebrate Karthigai Deepam

On this auspicious day, people clean their homes and the entrances of their homes. They decorate every door with Santhanam (or) santhoor and Kungumam (or) Kum Kum. They also decorate with Kolam (or) Rangoli designs at the entrances of the house. This denotes welcoming the Gods into their houses.

People buy earthen clay lamps, lit them and place them on the compound wall surrounding their house. Even the stairs and entrances are well lit with earthen lamps. Special food (or) delicacies are cooked and offered to Gods.

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Why Karthigai Deepam

Offering prayers to Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga on the auspicious day of Karthigai Deepam believed to provide certain benefits

  1. Gods will fulfil worthy wishes
  2. Purity and inner peace
  3. Prosperity and happiness

Karthigai deepam wishes in Tamil

All you need to know about Karthigai deepam wishes in Tamil. Read on to know the 5 best Karthigai deepam wishes to share with friends and family.

திருவிழாவின் ஒரு பகுதியாக, திருவண்ணாமலை அனைமலை மலைகளுக்கு 20 லட்சத்துக்கும் மேற்பட்ட மக்கள் வருவார்கள் என்று எதிர்பார்க்கப்படுகிறது. மாலை 6 மணிக்குப் பிறகு மலையில் மகாதீபம் என்றும் அழைக்கப்படும் ஒரு பெரிய தீ விளக்கு எரியும், அது சுற்றியுள்ள பல பகுதிகளுக்கு தெரியும்.

  1. இனிய கார்த்திகை தீபம் நல்வாழ்த்துகள்! 
  2. இந்த ஆழமான (விளக்குகள்) திருவிழா, விளக்குகளின் ஒளியைப் போல பிரகாசமான மற்றும் அறிவொளி நிறைந்த வாழ்க்கையைத் தருகிறது.
  3. உங்கள் வாழ்வுகள் எப்போதும் தீபம் போல பிராகசிகட்டும்.
  4. இந்த திருவிழா உங்கள் வாழ்க்கையில் பிரகாசத்தைக் கொண்டுவரட்டும். இனிய கார்த்திகை தீபம்.
  5. கார்த்திகை தீபத்தின் புனித சந்தர்ப்பத்தில், உங்களுக்கு மகிழ்ச்சியான மற்றும் ஒளிரும் கிருத்திகா பூர்னாமி வாழ்த்துக்கள்! விளக்குகள் பிரகாசமாக பிரகாசிக்கட்டும்

Karthigai deepam kolam

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