The Brahmmotsavam of Karthigai Deepam Festival at Tiruvannamalai is not confined to the Temple alone but involves the whole town. The rituals and ceremonies connected with it have endured for centuries. On the first 3 days of the 17 day Festival various functions begin at the Durga Amman Temple, Tiruvannamalai, and on the last four days of the Festival, functions will include Theepal (Floats) of various Gods on Ayyankulam Tank, and Hill rounding by the Gods on their chariots in order that they may give darshan and blessings to those who live around the Hill.
the Mahadeepam itself which is lit on the night of Karthigai, depending on the advice of Priests consulting their astrological texts, can last from a minimum of 7 days to a maximum of 13 days. This year 2015 Karthigai Mahadeepam will occur at approximately (i.e. at dusk) on November 25.
The main Festival lasts for 10 days and begins on Uttradam day (this year November 16) with flag hoisting (dhwajarohanam) marking the beginning of festivities. After this ceremony, the image of Arunachaleswarar along with other deities are installed in the Kalyana Mandapam, where they remain housed for the next 10 days so that visiting devotees may have darshan.
|Kalyana Mandapam 2015|
|Mandapam in full festive regalia|
|In photo one can see the Bheemswara Lingam back of Mandapam|
Located at the back of the Kalyana Mandapam. The ancient Bheemeswara Lingam Shrine has been at Arunachaleswarar Temple for centuries. Some say that Lord Bheema (who represents knowledge—jnana) worshipped Lord Siva at this sacred spot.
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Processions throughout the 2015 Karthigai Deepam Festival, will occur both day and night inside the Temple and around the outside perimeter of Arunachaleswarar Kovil.