Karthigai Deepam is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals which is celebrated with great pomp and show in Tamil Nadu. Celebrated mainly by Tamil Hindus, Karthigai Deepam is a traditional Hindu festival that is also celebrated in the neighbouring states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
This year, Karhigai Deepam festivities have already begun as it is being celebrated on November 19.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Murugan (Kartikeya), Karthigai Deepam festival is similar to Diwali, as devotees light oil lamps (diyas) to worship God and seek their blessings.
It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva emerged as a source of unending light to eliminate darkness and evil and also Lord Kartikeya came into being only on this day.
Karthigai Deepam 2021: Date and timings
Celebrated after 15 days of Diwali on the Purnima Tithi of Kartik Shukla Paksha, the Karthigai Pournami tithi is of great significance in the Tamil calendar.
Karthigai Nakshatram begins: 01:30 AM on Nov 19, 2021.
Karthigai Nakshatram ends: 04:29 AM on Nov 20, 2021.
History of Karthigai Deepam:
The earliest Hindu scripture states that the two great deities of Hindu culture Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma started fighting among them regarding superiority. They both thought each one was stronger than the other. To stop this huge fight, Lord Shiva came in front of them and tried to show his supremacy. He took the shape of a huge fire and challenged the two fighting Gods to find the end of the fire from the top and bottom. Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and tried to reach the end of the fire beneath the earth. He failed miserably and came back to Lord Shiva saying that he was unable to find the end of the fire from the bottom. Lord Brahma on the other hand, took the shape of a swan and flew to find the beginning of the fire on the topside.