Karthigai Deepam

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Tamil hindu, Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, 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 (Pleiades) and pournami. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear. In Kerala, this festival is known as Thrikkarthika.




Lines of Agal vilakkus (Clay Oil lights) are lit in each house. Karthigai is basically a celebration of lights. The lit light is viewed as a promising image. It is accepted to avoid detestable powers and introduce success and euphoria. While the lit light is essential for every Hindu custom and celebrations, it is fundamental for Karthigai. This celebration is additionally celebrated to recognize the holding amongst siblings and sisters in south India(analogous to Bhaiya-Dhuj and Raakhi). Sisters appeal to God for the flourishing and accomplishment of their siblings and light lights to check the event.


In Telugu family  Kaartheeka maasam (month) is viewed as exceptionally promising. The Kartheeka month begins upon the arrival of Deepawali. From that day till the end of the month, oil lights are lit each day. On Kartheeka Pournami (full moon of Kartheeka month) oil light with 365 wicks, arranged at home, are lit in Lord Shiva sanctuaries. Aside from that, Kaartheeka puranam is perused and fasting is seen till dusk, each day for the entire month.


Festivities at Tiruvannamalai, Tamil nadu and Koneshwaram, Trincomalee


Karthigai celebration is popular in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, and Koneshwaram, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.The celebration is praised for three days. The principal day is called Appa Karthigai, the second Vadai Karthigai and the last day is called Thiru Karthigai, generally considered as the Karthigai day, when the principle pooja is performed. On Karthigai day, an immense fire light is lit up on the hill(in both sanctuaries), unmistakable for a few kilometers around. The fire (deepam) is called Mahadeepam. Hindu enthusiasts visit the place, to implore and make offerings to master Shiva. In 2016, because of the Maha Kumbh Mela of Ujjain Simhastha, Karthikai Deepam will hold extraordinary centrality, being commended on 12 December 2016, which being a Monday is typically credited to God Shiva, of the twelve Jyotirlinga.


08           January                (Sunday)              Masik Karthigai


05           February              (Sunday)              Masik Karthigai


04           March   (Saturday)           Masik Karthigai


31           March   (Friday)                Masik Karthigai


27           April       (Thursday)          Masik Karthigai


25           May       (Thursday)          Masik Karthigai


21           June      (Wednesday)    Masik Karthigai


19           July        (Wednesday)    Masik Karthigai


15           August  (Tuesday)            Masik Karthigai


11           September         (Monday)            Masik Karthigai


08           October               (Sunday)              Masik Karthigai


05           November          (Sunday)              Masik Karthigai


02           December           (Saturday)           Karthigai Deepam




30           December           (Saturday)           Masik Karthigai