|Lord Annamalayar on Thiruvanamali Deepam|
As you scroll down to read my posting...you may listen to the Video of our Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi 's concert.
The recording was made when M.S. Subbulakshmi gave a charity concert at the Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai, in about 1973 in aid of its renovation. This is accompanied by photos of Arunachala taken mainly by Dev Gogoi, and published in his book Arunachala Mountain of Light.
M.S. Subbulakshmi sings at the main temple at Thiruvanamalai. [Coutersy:YouTube]
As is known, no South-Indian festival is without mouth-watering delicacies...You may click on the links below for the important Neyvedhyam items for this important festival:
Talk about Karthigai Deepam and the picture that comes to mind is that of rows and rows of lamps or ‘vilakku’. On this day, every Hindu home lights the traditional Vilaku [diyas] in the evening. Locally, these lamps are known as ‘agal vilakkus.’
|Row of Lamps[Agal Vilakku]|
Especially in Tiruvannamalai, rows of lamps are lighted on the hill and this is most popular Karthigai Deepam.
|Lord Muruga as Six Different Babies|
|Maha Deepam - Thiruvanamalai|
|Ardhanareeswarar appearing for a few seconds |
at the time-Rare photo
It should be noted here that Ardhanareewarar comes out only once in the year, only for a few seconds, at the time of lighting the deepam.
|Annamalai Deepam atop the Hills|
|Lakhs of Devotees every year witnessing |