Tamil Nadu celebrates Karthigai Deepam as the traditional festival. This festival is very important among the Tamils and every Tamil want to celebrate it wherever they are in this huge world.
Hindu people respect and have complete faith on Lord Shiva. They consider him as the protector of the world and pray to him at all times. They have a strong faith that HE will see to all their sorrows and will take great care of them. He will try to fulfill all the desires of the humans coming to him with prayers.
Sri Annamalaiar Hill is considered as Lord Shiva’s great presence in Thiruvannamalai. People believe that the huge light lit during 5 pm will make people close with Lord Shiva on Kathigai Deepam. Lord Shiva will shed all his blessings during this special time of the year. He is rigidly worshipped during this time. Great care is taken to light the huge fire in this place. People gather around the place and call in the name of Shiva to put an end to all the troubles and bring in peace in every life.
This festival of lights involves lighting lights almost anywhere to put an end to darkness. They want to show lights to the Gods who will be impressed with their worship and continue to look after the followers for ages to come.
One must not miss out the grand occasion occurring on the hills. They will feel very close to Lord Shiva and his power if they see the worship and the lit fire.
So people celebrate it in different ways the most common everyone is all the houses are lit by deepams. We celebrate by preparing ladoos made of roasted gram and roasted peanuts in the morning and having it all over day till litting the deepams and will never have any other food. Finally we prepare a big vegetarian feast and offer it to god, then lit the deepams and then will have the food.
Recipes prepared on Karthigai Deepam –
- Peanut Ladoo / Nilakadalai Ladoo
- Pottukadalai Ladoo / Maa Ladoo
- Instant wheat appam
- Edible Millets Lamp / Millets Vilakku
- Nei Appam
Karthigai Deepam celebrations at our home: