Thiruvannamalai Karthikai Maha Deepam is a festival observed in the Tamil Karthigai Month at famous Tiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwara swamy temple in Tamil Nadu. Thiruvannamalai Karthikai Maha Deepam 2012 date is November 27.
It is celebrated on Kartikai Pournami, the Full Moon day in the month of Kaarthikai. This festival coincides with Krithikai nakshatram. In Thiruvannamalai, Maha Karthigai Deepam is celebrated for 10 days. It is popularly known as Karthikai Brahmotsavam.
On first day of Karthikai Deepam festival, the celebrations begin with Dwajarohanam. Procession of Lord Chandrasekhara swamy is commenced on the second day during the festival. Surya Vahana seva is performed on the third day. Kamadhenu vahana seva is done on fourth day to Periya Nayagar. On the twelfth day, Karthikai Deepam festival comes to a grand conclusion when Lord Arunachaleshwara is taken our for pradakshina known as Girivalam.
It is also celebrated as the extension of Deepavali. Kartigai Deepam is observed with a lot of gusto and enthusiasm in other temples of Tamil Nadu. The festival is celebrated for three days in the state.
Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated as Vishnu Deepam in Lord Vishnu temples in Tamil Nadu. This festival is observed as Yanai Pandigai in Mandyam Iyengar community in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
Here is the full schedule of Thiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam 2012….
18th November, 2012
Morning: Dwajaroghanam (Hoisting of festival flag)
Evening: Panchamoorthies Five Deities Silver Chariot
19th November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Surya Prabhi Vahanam
Evening: Panchamoorthies Silver Indra Vimana
20th November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Pootha Vimana
Evening: Panchamoorthies, Simha Vahana (Lion Chariot), Velli Anna Vahana
21st November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Naga Vimana
Evening: Kamadhenu (wish fulfilling cow) and Kapalavriksha (wish fulfilling tree)
22nd November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Kanadi (mirror) Vimana
Evening: Panchamoorthies, Velli Mushigam, Velli Mayil, Velli Big Rishaba Vahanas
23rd November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Yani (elephant) Vimana with 63 Nayanars
Evening: Panchamoorthies in Silver Chariot, Indira Vimana and other Silver Vimanas
24th November, 2012
Day: Panchamoorthies Wooden Chariots start Temple circumambulation
Afternooon: Maha Radham (Big Wooden Chariot) starts circumambulation of Temple Perimeter
25th November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Horse
Evening: Panchamoorthies start with Horse Vahanams. Pichandavar in Golden Meru
26th November, 2012
Day: Chandrasekharar on Purusha Miruga (Rishi in Lion Body) Vimana
Evening: Kailasa Vahana (10 headed Ravana)
27th November, 2012
Morning 3 a.m: Bharani Deepam Temple, Theerthavaari Brahma Theertham
Evening 6 p.m: Maha Deepam on the top of Arunachala. Panchamoorthies, Golden Rishaba Vahana
28th, 29th, 30th, November, 2012
Evening 6 p.m:
On Consecutive days the Gods on Floats, Ayyankulam Tank