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Karthigai Deepam 2018 date – Importance of Kartika Deepam

Karthigai Deeepam is the festival of lights in Tamil Nadu and it is observed on the full moon day (or a day earlier) in the month of Karthigai (November-December). Karthigai Deepam 2018 date is November 22, Thursday. The main event of the day is the lighting of traditional oil lamps in the evening after sunset. Karthigai is the name of one of the stars or Nakshatrams and deepam is the term for light or diya.

Note - Tiruvannamalai Karthigai Mahadeepam is held on the evening of  November 22, 2018.

On the day, temples, homes and streets are decorated with traditional oil lamps. Special pujas and prayers are held in temples on the day.

The famous Tiruvannamalai Bharani Deepam is held during the period.

The lighting of lamp is an auspicious symbol and it is believed to usher in peace and prosperity.

In Kerala, the festival is known as Thrikartika or Kartika Vilaku and is held in the month of Vrichikam (November – December).

Importance of Karthigai Deepam 

Karthigai Deeepam is also observed as Bharani Deepam and Vishnu Deepam in Tamil Nadu and is an auspicious day for both Shaivites and Vaishanvites.

Talk about Karthigai Deepam and the picture that comes to mind is that of rows and rows of lamps or ‘vilakku’. On this day, every Hindu home lights the traditional Vilaku (diyas) in the evening. Locally, these lamps are known as ‘agal vilakkus.’

The day is also highly auspicious for Lord Muruga devotees as he was taken care by the six Krttika stars and the celebrations on Karthigai commemorate his divine birth. In popular Tamil belief, Karthikai Nakshatra is the birthday of Murukan.

Karthigai Deeepam is celebrated as Tirukarttikai in Tamil Nadu, KeralaSri LankaMalaysiaSingaporeSouth Africa and in other parts of the world which has Tamil population. People light lamps outside their home. 

Especially in Tiruvannamalai, rows of lamps are lighted on the hill and this is most popular Karthigai Deepam.

The lighted lamp is an auspicious symbol and it is believed to usher in prosperity and joy.