Bharani Deepam marks the beginning of the Karthigai Deepam festival at the world famous
Tiruvannamalai Shiva Temple – – in Tamil Nadu. Bharani Deepam 2016 date is December 12, Monday. Lighting of this Deepam or lamp is an important ceremony at the Tiruvannamalai temple on the Bharani Nakshatram day in Kartika Masam. Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple
The flame for lighting the Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam atop the
is carried from the Bharani Deepam. Arunachala Mountain
A flame lit from five different lamps symbolizing earth, air, fire, water and ether is the Bharani Deepam.