lamp with a Brightest Flame : The Karthigai Deepam. The Karthigai
an annual festival feature, when the moon shows its whole
disc illuminated in the month of Karthigai the celebration
becomes a week long temple function. A big brass vessel especially
designed in the form of a lamp is lifted to the peak of the
hill; it is filled with tins and tins of ghee and pots and
pots of butter; and an enormously thick wick made of loosely
twisted woven fibers (clothes) is immersed into the vessel
and one end of the wick is drawn out to the apex and is ignited
with burning camphor and the thick wick fully soaked in ghee
acting by capillary attraction conveys the ghee the main illuminant
to the flame around 6 pm when the sunlit full moon disc emerges
from the east and comes on to the horizon. The luminous glow
of the lamp atop the hill opens the eyes of millions of people
to something divine and auspicious and ardent devotees and
others see in the burning light lord of the world and remain
visibly, moved with their mouths uttering "Om Arunachaleshwaraya
Namaha", Here man lights the largest wick of the largest
lamp once a year and the world goes into rapture sings his
songs of grace.
- The Symbol of Lord Arunachala
has is that the practice came into existence following a dispute
between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma over who was the superior of
the two after the some hindrance to their attempts to gauge their
strength, the two prayed to Lord Siva for his Grace.
Their test was to find the top and the bottom of a blazing mount
which was actually Siva. Lord Siva blessed lord Vishnu and Lord
Brahma and said that he would appear as a Jothi (flame) on top of
the hill. It is to perpetuate this event that the flame is lit on
top of the holy hill during the month of Karthigai (November - December).
festival begins in the Uthiradam (Star) day in Karthigai and winds
up with the Bharani Deepam lit in the early hours of the tenth day.
The Deepam is lit at dusk, coinciding with a Full Moon. The Deepam
can be seen even from a distance of 45 Km. Real image of lord Arunachala
is viewed in the appearance of "Agni". This is celebrated
every year as the remembrance of one of the image of lord Arunachala
as fire. During the holy day, more than 10,00,000 devotees get this
heavenly worship of Lord.
as a punctual shining spot on the National Map
road Thiruvannamalai is connected to Vellore, Chennai, Pondicherry,
Villupuram, Thiruppathur, Salem etc. From all parts of Tamilnadu
these are state run buses throughout the day. The floating population
changes the picture of the town everyday.
-Thiruvannamalai is one of the major pilgrim centers in South India.
It is situated in 187 kilometers away from Chennai, formerly known
as Madras- Capital of Tamilnadu. This is the capital of the Thiruvannamalai
District. This town stands on an elevation of 266ft above sea level.
Population : 1,10,000
Area : 6.5 Sq. Km.
Climate Summer : 260 C to 380 C
Winter : 200 C to 260 C
Average Rainfall : 85cm
Languages Spoken : Tamil & English
STD Code : 04175
The temple is located on the Villupuram - Katpadi Railroad and is
about 65 kilometers from Villupuram and is about 90 - kilometres
form Katpadi. The town is well connected from Chennai and frequent
bus services are available, one through Chengleput, Madurantakam,
Tindivanam and Gingee, and the other through Sri Perumbudur, Kancheepuram,
Vellore and Polur. The town is about 90 kms from Vellore, 60 kms
from Tindivanam, 60 kms from Villupuram and 100 kms from Krishnagiri.
The town also has a helipad so as to enbale devotees to reach it
from Chennai and other cities.