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Bharani Deepam

Bharani Deepam is observed at the famous Tiruvannamalai Temple 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 2017, Bharani Deepam date is December 2, Saturday. This is an important ceremony before the big lamp is lit atop the Arunachal Mountain known as the Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam. The flame for lighting the Arunachala Deepam atop the mountain is carried from the Bharani Deepam.

The lighting of the Bharani Deepam by the chief priest in the Tiruvannamalai Temple marks the beginning of the Karthigai Deepam festival.

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 Arunchala Mountain by a group of fishermen.