Karthigai Deepam or Thrikarthika is mostly celebrated in TamilNadu, Kerala, SriLanka and some places in North India too. It is celebrated on full moon day of the month Karthigai. It is one of the oldest festivals celebrated, it was followed in the Sangam Age as Peruvizha from then we are celebrating Deepathiruvizha.
Various Mythologies about Thrikarthika
The God who has no start and end is Lord Shiva and he turned to an endless flame of light to find who is the supreme god? The test was for Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma whoever finds the feet or head of Lord Shiva is considered to be the supreme God. Lord Vishnu took a form of Varaha and dug the ground to find his feet meanwhile Lord Brahma took the form of Hansa and flew towards the sky to find his head. for years they searched but couldn’t find the feet or head. Lord Vishnu returned and accepted the failure that he couldn’t find his feet but Lord Brahma came with a flower Thazhambu which had been floating down from Lord Shiva’s head for about thirty thousand years as evidence and lied that he had seen the head. Lord Shiva sensed the falsehood and pronounced that Lord Brahma can never own a temple in this world, he also banned the use of thazhambu in his worship. The day in which Lord Shiva appeared as a flame is celebrated as Maha Deepam in every Shiva Sthala. Deepam in Agni Sthala is Considered to be auspicious and that’s why this festival is famous in Thiruvanamalai.
In North India, it is believed that Sri Rama returned with Sita Devi and Lakshmana to Ayodhya after fourteen years of vannvas. To welcome their King they lighted the Diyas in the entire kingdom and enjoyed their arrival. To remember that day, every year on the Full moon day of Karthigai month people will light the diyas to welcome the happiness in their lives.
It is believed that six Karthigai nymphs brought up the six babies from Saravana Poigai who are formed from the third eye of Lord Shiva. Later mother Parvathi united those six kids to one and that is Lord Muruga who has six faces and twelve hands. Those six nymphs played an important role in the growth of the child and so Lord shiva blessed them as ever-living stars on the sky. The worship made to them is equivalent to worship Lord Muruga. The Day when Lord Muruga is merged is celebrated as Karthigai Deepam also Diyas are lighted to celebrate Karthikeya’s birth who was born to destroy the evil (sooran).
Worshipping Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga on Karthigai Deepam can remove the darkness, gift the happiness, fulfill the wishes and can put all the worries to an end. Let us celebrate this Auspicious Maha Deepam in Tiruvannamalai. In this Divine experience you don’t want to worry about the Luggage that you carry, just visit FreshUp Pay for your Hourly Stay and keep your belongings safe for free.
Har Har Mahadev!!!