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Kartikai Deepam at Tiruvannamalai
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The Arunachaleswarar Temple at Tiruvannamalai is one of the grandest in India, and is considered to be among the most revered of the 275 Shiva Temples glorified by the Tamil Tevaram hymns of the 7th through the 9th centuries. This temple has a great tradition of festivals, Kartikai Deepam being the grandest. Kartikai Deepam marks the conclusion of the 10 day long festival in the Tamil month of Kartikai (Scorpio), a festival that is marked by grand processions in which images of Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulaiyaal are taken out on decorated mounts, through the processional streets of Tiruvannamalai. Hundreds of thousands gather to celebrated Kartikai Deepam, where a huge lamp is lit on top of the Tiruvannamalai hill, symbolifying Shiva's appearance as a huge column of light, whose origins Bhramma and Vishnu were unable to trace. This article is a collection of images from the Kartikai Deepam festival of November 1997. This years Deepam falls on the 23rd of November.

Deepam1.jpg (74762 bytes) A view of Kartikai Deepam - the lamp lit on the Tiruvannamalai hill, seen from the Annamalaiyaar temple.






Deepam10.jpg (99030 bytes) Procession of the Panchamurthy  images (Vinayakar, Subramanyar, Arunachaleswarar, Apitakuchambaal, Chandikeswarar) within the temple prakaram






Deepam15.jpg (93226 bytes)Decorated image of Arunachaleswarar








Deepam17.jpg (84316 bytes) Arunachaleswarar, returning from the night long Rishabha vahana procession following the Deepa Utsavam







Deepam6.jpg (74359 bytes)Panchamurthy Procession following the lighting of the Deepam







Deepam7.jpg (82641 bytes)Yet another view of the Panchamurthy procession following the lighting of the Deepam







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