Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam is lit atop the Annamalai Hills at the famous
in Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. Tiruvannamalai Mahadeepam 2016 date is December 12, Monday evening. The Maha Deepam symbolically represents Lord Shiva in the Jyotirlinga form. The 10-day Karthigai Deepam festival culminates with the Mahadeepam. Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple
A very large pot used for lighting the Mahadeepam is taken to the top of the Annamalai hill through a seven kilometer route from the
. The large vessel is ten feet in height and five feet in diameter and is carried on poles by the Nattar, temple authorities assigned for the job. Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple
Atop the Tiruvannamalai hill, the large vessel is filled with thousands of kilograms of ghee. A wick measuring more than 300 meters is made using special cloth and is inserted in the vessel.
On the day the Karthigai Maha Deepam is lit, devotees also trek to the top of the hill to make personal offerings of ghee which is poured into the vessel using a long pole.
The Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam is visible from a radius of 35 km.
An important ceremony before lighting the mahadeepam at
is the Bharani Deepam. Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple