Each year the Devanga Kula Community of Tiruvannamalai presents a Deepam Flag to Arunachaleswarar Temple which is thereupon used throughout the Festival.
Today at their Temple, the "Sri Ramalingaswara Sowdeswari Ambal Temple" on Raja Rajan Street (near Thiruvoodal Street), puja was performed to consecrate the Flag. Afterwhich Rukku, our gorgeous Arunachaleswarar elephant came in state accompanied by a representative from the Big Temple to receive the Flag from the Devanga Kula community.
|Gorgeous Rukku at the community Temple|
|Puja performed at Temple to consecrate Flag|
|Representatives from Arunachaleswarar Temple receiving the Flag and thereafter carrying it in procession (accompanied by Gorgeous Rukku) on the Mada Veedhis (Temple perimeter streets)|
Presentation of Ceremonial Umbrellas for the Gods
For the last 12 years, the Arunachala Seva Sangam of Chennai has donated God Umbrellas to be used during Arunachala Karithigai Deepam Festival processions.
This year the Seva Sangam travelled from Srinivasa Temple, Kanchipuram to Tiruvannamalai. On arrival on Friday (December 2, 2016) the group performed circumambulation of Arunachaleswarar Kovil and then donated the umbrellas to Temple authorities.
|Backdrop of new umbrellas donated by the Arunachala Seva Sangam, Chennai to Arunachaleswarar Temple for 2016 Karthigai Deepam Festival|
|Bringing the umbrellas into Arunachaleswarar Temple for an official presentation|