Friday, December 30, 2016

Late post on Karthigai Deepam

On the day of Karthigai Deepam (Dec12), the Vardha cyclone blast Chennai and we couldn’t make arrangement of lamps as planned before. And I was looking forward to this day to make photos out of lights, but the cyclone ruined it well and we shifted to the upstairs to keep away difficulty. And for those unknown about Karithigai Deepam, it is a south Indian Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month Karthigai (that falls between Nov-Dec) and it is also called as festival of lights alike Diwali.

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Thought we haven’t celebrated, it wasn’t meant that we didn’t lit lamps. I think almost houses in Chennai and suburbs could have lit a lamp or candle on that day (and days further) to keep away the darkness of night in the absence of electric power. Despite have no power for couple of days, the oil lit lamps have burnt lot, and we made a small arrangement of clay lamps at the doorstep marking the festival at the next day. Karthigai Deepam is lit for 3 days at homes and lighting the oil lamps are considered as auspicious symbols and believed to dive off evil forces and let in prosperity and joy. But for me it’s quite photogenic and joy of beauty in light and lamps form.

Btw. Wish you all very Happy New Year, once again! Hope the year ahead is best for all.
Cheers

11 comments:

KK said...

Happy Karthigai Deepam!

I have lived for almost all of my life in Punjab, HP and Delhi, this is the first time I am hearing of this festival.

Hope to learn more about South Indian festivals and culture from you, Jeevan ji

Alok singhal said...

I heard about the cyclone, but hope it was not much of a disaster. Happy to see the lightning and that 3 days were still celebrated in the right spirit.

Devilish Angel said...

A very happy new year to you and your family Jeevan...

ashok said...

Happy New year Jeevan...Let 2017 bring lot of light and brightness in your life!

baili said...

interesting festival
being a Pakistani i feel happy to be neighbor of your large and very beautiful country which has so many colorful and delightful festivals that are famous all over the world .
Have a safe lovely new year!

Lady Fi said...

Lovely lamps! Wishing you joy and good health in the coming year.

Destination Infinity said...

Nice deepam decoration :)

Destination Infinity

deeps said...

wish you a wonderful new year ahead

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

The lamps look beautiful! I wish you a very happy new year!

Sandhya said...

Beautiful photograph, Jeevan! The kolam also is lovely!

Happy New Year to you and your family! Be happy always!

Twilight Man said...

This photo looks very classic and beautiful.