Karthigai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Telugu and Tamil Hindu, festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid November to mid December) as per Tamil Calendar. This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai and pournami. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear.
Karthikai Deepam is one of the oldest festivals celebrated by Tamil people. The festival finds reference in Sangam literature like Akananuru and the poems of Auvaiyar. Karthigai is referred in Sangam literature as Peruvizha.
Karthigai day, a huge fire lamp is lit up on the hill, visible for several
kilometers around. The fire (deepam) is called Mahadeepam. Hindu devotees visit
the place, to pray and make offerings to lord Shiva. In 2016, due to the
Mahakumbh Mela of Ujjain Simhastha, Karthikai Deepam will hold special significance,
being celebrated on 12 December 2016, which being a Monday is symbolically
attributed to God Shiva, of the twelve Jyotirlinga.
Do you have faith in God 365 days? Accordingly there are many ways in which God maintains the equilibrium of nature. One of these ways is diversion; that is, the channeling off of a force that has reached excessive proportions. Think of the amount of rain that falls in the rainy season. So what nature does in such situations is provide the land and human population with an amount of water which is only just adequate while the rest of the water is diverted into rivers.
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