The Holy KARTHIGAI DEEPAM Festival

Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The Holy KARTHIGAI DEEPAM Festival at Arunachala

Goddess Gowri requested Sage Gautama to kindly expound to HER the greatness of the festival of light at Aruanchala.

Gautama revealed:

“I shall describe to YOU the Glory of that which liberates people from all sins and bestows all prosperity. In the month of Karthika, on the day of the star Kritika during Pradosa (13th day of waxing moon) the fortunate ones who perform Giri-Pradakshina (circumambulation) are not born again. All karmas are destroyed on performance of Giri-Pradakshina.

He who worships the ‘Deepam’ lit atop the Hill derives countless blessings. A person residing elsewhere may light lamps in front of any shrine of Lord Shiva, atop His Temple towers, or on peaks of other Hills, and he will be blessed!

Whatever may be the attitude of the devotee, the mere lighting of the lamp on this day with any type of oil available confers great merit on him.

He who has darshan of this light on Arunachala Hill acquires the merit of having performed great charity and of having bathed in the sacred rivers. Who can express in word the benefits enjoyed by the one who has darshan of the peak of Arunachala (Annamalai) with the beacon light glowing?”

 

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