Karthika Masam is a festival of lights and lamps. The illuminated lamp is a symbol of auspiciousness. It is said to remove the forces of darkness/evil and usher in joy and prosperity. Lighted lamps thus have an important place in Hindu rituals and festivals, and for Karthika Masam, it is indispensable.
There is a story that reveals the connection between Karthika Masam and lamps. Legend says that Vishnu and Brahma had a fight about who was the most powerful of the two. The other gods asked Shiva to intervene and stop the fight. While they were fighting, Shiva appeared before them as an enormous column of fire and told them that whoever found the top and bottom of the fire column would be the superior of the two.
At once, Brahma took the shape of a swan and flew upward. Lord Vishnu became a wild boar and started digging deep into the ground. But even after several years, they could not find the ends of the pillar. Then they realized that the pillar was Shiva himself and realized that he was Supreme. Soon after this event, Lord Shiva appeared as a hill. This is the Arunachala hill in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. In fact, both “Tiruvannamalai” and “Arunachala” mean “hill of the sacred fire”. The Shivalinga in the Arunachaleswarar temple here is the Agni lingam. People believe that the small lamps that are lit during the Karthika Deepam festival are, in fact, the tiny replicas of the fire lingam. Every year, many devotees visit to Tiruvannamalai to see the beautiful and awe-inspiring Karthika Deepam. Deepams are lit in temples and homes to signify that God is the light that will drive away darkness/evil.
The lamps typically have five petals or nozzles. These signify the five elements found in nature - earth, fire, water, air, fire, and space. They also signify the five main elements required for a good life: wealth, health, value, learning, and longevity.
At Manidweepa, special Sri Bharani Maha Jyoti deepam will be lit on Nov. 28 to mitigate the effects of Shani doshas (Saturn) and to remove obstacles towards universal peace and prosperity for everyone.
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