30 October 2012

2012 Karthigai Deepam Arunachala

Throughout the Festival, there will be processions in the daytime circumambulating the Arunachaleswarar Temple. In addition throughout the Deepam Festival there are scheduled singing and dancing programmes inside the Temple Compound. 

Tickets can be purchased which allows access to the Temple Compound on the day of Maha Deepam. However, tickets are limited in number, so one should make enquiries as early as possible through the Arunachaleswar Temple office. 

Flag Hoisting at Arunachaleswarar Temple is on November 18th, however the Festival actually starts three days earlier at the Durga Amman Temple (which has its own schedule of events) on November 15th at 7.00 p.m. 

Right click on programme for enlargement: 

Festival Programme

18th November, 2012 
Morning: Dwajaroghanam (Hoisting of festival flag) 
Evening: Panchamoorthies Five Deities Silver Chariot 

19th November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar on Surya Prabhi Vahanam 
Evening: Panchamoorthies Silver Indra Vimana 

20th November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar on Pootha Vimana 
Evening: Panchamoorthies, Simha Vahana (Lion Chariot), Velli Anna Vahana 

21st November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar on Naga Vimana 
Evening: Kamadhenu (wish fulfilling cow) and Kapalavriksha (wish fulfilling tree) 

22nd November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar on Kanadi (mirror) Vimana 
Evening: Panchamoorthies, Velli Mushigam, Velli Mayil, Velli Big Rishaba Vahanas 

23rd November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar 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: Chandrasekhar on Horse 
Evening: Panchamoorthies start with Horse Vahanams. Pichandavar in Golden Meru 

26th November, 2012 
Day: Chandrasekhar 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 


Pasupathy K.R said...

thanks for the info

Falkor said...

Excellent info, thank you.

Could you please highlight which would be the best place to stay. My guess, is all the hotels would be completely booked now. Any other places where we can stay. Thanks.

Meenakshi Ammal said...

There is always the possibility of trusting to fate and turn up at Tiruvannamalai and try and sort something out.

However, as far as I know, the nice spots will definitely have been booked months previously. I myself booked rooms at a nice lodge at Ramana Nagar in MAY for a group from Malaysia.

However if you are willing to locate about 7 kms from the Hill, there are two very nice countryside ashrams that generally (because of their location) be able to accommodate during the Deepam Festival. The darshan of Arunachaa from both spots is wonderful.

Please get in touch direct with these places.

First is Ananda Niketan Ashram;

check an earlier posting at:

And the other suggestion is the Singing Heart Ashram, which is located adjacent to Ananda Niketan. Contact information is:


Suggest you get in touch with them quickly. Hope it works out.
Meenakshi Ammal

Falkor said...

Thank you Meenakshi Ammal, as you rightly said, something always turns up at Thiruvanamalai. :)

Will get in touch with them immediately.