Thrikkarthika (Karthika Deepam) is an auspicious 3-day festival held in Kerala during Vrischikam Month of Malayalam calendar. In 2019, Thrikkarthika dates are – December 10, December 11 and December 12.
It falls on three days which coincide with Kaarthika, Rohini and Makayiram Nakshatra days in Vrischika Masam (November – December).
Thrikkarthika is a similar festival to that of ‘Karthigai Deepam’ in Tamil Nadu and ‘Kartik Purnima’ of other Indian states.
It is celebrated with utmost fervor in Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Ernakulam district.
In 2018, Thrikkarthika dates were – November 22, November 23 and November 24.
In 2017, Thrikkarthika dates were – December 2, December 3 and December 4.