Bharani Deepam is observed at the famous
in Tamil Nadu. It is an important ritual on the Karthigai Deepam day observed. As the name indicates, the day falls on the Bharani Nakshatra star in the Tamil Karthigai month. In 2011, Bharani Deepam date is December 8. This is an important ceremony before the big lamp is lit atop the Tiruvannamalai Temple known as the Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam. The flame for lighting the Arunachala Deepam atop the mountain is carried from the Bharani Deepam. Arunachal Mountain
The lighting of the Bharani Deepam by the chief priest in the
marks the beginning of the Karthigai Deepam festival. Tiruvannamalai Temple
A flame lit from five different lamps symbolizing earth, air, fire, water and ether is the Bharani Deepam.
The Bharani Deepam is carried from the
Tiruvannamalai Temple to the by a group of fishermen. Arunchala Mountain