19 November 2012

2012 Deepam Flag Hoisting

The first day of Karthigai Deepam Festival (November 18, 2012) begins with the hoisting of the flag (Dwajaroghanam) signifying the commencement of the Festival. At this ceremony Lord Arunachaleswarar is brought out from the Temple and placed in front of the flagpole to witness the proceedings. The flag is hoisted amongst Vedic chanting and nagaswara music (drums and cymbals). The priests then invites the sacred rivers, deities and rishis to come and witness the occasion.

Crowds for the Flag Hoisting

Function was well attended

The Flag Hoisting

After conclusion of the ceremony the statue of Lord Arunachaleswarar is taken around the main streets, and then installed in the Kalyana Mandapam which is located in the third prakaram of Arunachaleswarar Temple.

Lord Arunachaleswarar

Blessing from the Gods

This year a huge garland was placed upon the Raja Gopuram of Arunachaleswarar Temple. 

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