15 November 2014

2014 Arunachala Deepam Preparations

Preparations for Deepam begin long before the start of the Festival. This year a new Theepal has been created -- i.e. a float for the Gods to enjoy the last four days of the Festival on the waters of the Ayyakulam Tank (in front of the Arunagirinathar Temple). 

There are also lights to put up all around the Arunachaleswarar Temple and touch ups and repaintings of the various Gods and Vahanas that will be used during the upcoming Festival.

Preparing for the new Theepal, Ayyakulam Tank

Ayyakulam Tank in front of Arunagirinathar Temple

Blessings of new Theepal at Ayyakulam Tank

Completed Theepal for 2014 Karthigai Arunachala Deepam Festival

Decorating the Gopurams with electric display

Installing Lights throughout Arunachaleswarar Temple

Painting and touch-ups of the Gods and their Vahanas

Statues stored, newly painted; awaiting the 2014 Deepam Festival


Itinerant Yogi said...

Hi Meenakshi, do you know if there is going to be a rudra pooja at the ramanasramam after the Mahadeepam (I remember there was one last year)? Also, what time exactly does the full moon start on the 5th? Thanks :)

Itinerant Yogi said...

Hi Meenakshi. The ramanasramam facebook page has posted some very nice pics of the temple being cleaned in preparation for the MahaDeepam.

Meenakshi Ammal said...

Thanks for the information about nice snaps on Facebook. Its great to see that Ramana Ashram is beginning to post information and stories of the Big Temple.

Meenakshi Ammal said...

The full moon calendar with exact timings is at this link here:


As to Rudra Puja at Ramana Ashram . . . sorry don't know . . . I am not always up-to-date with Ashram functions.