The crowds throughout the Karthigai Deepam Festival are huge and energetic. Processions, music, street programmes, cultural programmes, illuminations all add to the fervour and excitement of these times.
Below are photographs from the first two evenings of the 2015 Karthigai Deepam Festival.
|Musicians add to the energy and excitement of the processions|
|Illuminations and lights throughout Arunachaleswarar Temple|
|The Gods beautifully illuminated at an Arunachaleswarar Temple Theertham|
In the below photograph the vahanam of Adhikara Nandi (of the first evening), is waiting at the Alankaram Mandapam outside the main east gate of the Raja Gopuram of Arunachaleswarar Temple, to be decorated and receive its Gods.
|Adhikara Nandi Vahanam|
|The Vahanam decorated and ready for circumambulation of the Temple|
The below photograph is of the Indira Vahanam of the 2nd Night of the Festival, awaiting to be decorated and receive its God.
|Indira Vahanam at Alankaram Mandapam|
|While at Alankaram Mandapam priests prepare the Vahanam|
|Beautifully illuminated and decorated Vahanam|
|Indira Vahanam ready for Temple Circumambulation|
|Lord Arunachaleswarar on Indira Vahanam|