DATE- 16TH JANUARY, 2019 (WEDNWSDAY)
Karthigai Deepam is especially celebrated by Tamil Hindus. It’s one among the oldest festivals celebrated by Tamil folks. Houses and streets are lit up with rows of oil lamps or Deepam in the evening of the festival day.
Karthigai Deepam and Karthikai Deepam are used interchangeably. Karthigai Deepam takes its name from Nakshatra Karthikai or Krittika. Karthigai Deepam is performed on the day when Krittika Nakshatra is prevailing. Karthigai Deepam is done in honour of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology on this day age Lord Shiva converted himself in an endless flame of light to prove his supremacy to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Although Karthigai day is observed every month however the foremost important day falls in month of Karthikai (which is same as solar month Vrischika in different Hindu calendars).
Karthigai festival in Tiruvannamalai hills is extremely famous. On Karthigai day, a large fire lamp is lit up on the Hill, visible for several kilometres around the hill. The fire or Deepam is named Mahadeepam, Hindu devotees visit here and pray to God Shiva.