23 November 2015

The 2015 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Cauldron

Early morning on the 8th day of the 2015 Karthigai Deepam Festival, puja was performed to the cauldron before it started its long journey to the top of the Hill. Lovely Rukku, our Elephant was on hand to lend her own regal blessings to proceedings. As is traditionally the case the Cauldron was taken up the Hill by locals of the Fishing Caste. 

The Cauldron after cleaning and painting

Lovely Rukku, adding her own substantial Blessings to the proceedings

After Puja, the long journey starts to the top of Arunachala

Leaving the Temple at the Pey Gopuram Gate (West Gate)

The men of the Fishing Caste on their way to the top of the Hill

Their long haul upward

The Wick for the Cauldron, at the Temple waiting to be transported up the Hilll

Just a small part of the ghee that will be used in the Cauldron over the Festival

Some devotees choose to purchase ghee directly from a Temple Shop


Itinerant Yogi said...

Luvly post Meenakshi!

Sanggili Karuppan said...

I witnessed the Mahadeepam last year on the summit itself. Its a dream come true for people like from foreign country. Anyway thanks for sharing Amma.

Anonymous said...

I would love to climb up the hill with ghee for the pot. Do many people do that?