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Vishnu Deepam 2024 – Sokka Panai 2024 date

Vishnu Deepam is observed on the full moon day or a day earlier in Karthigai Masam as per traditional Tamil Calendar. Vishnu Deepam 2024 date is December 15. It is observed by lighting bonfire known as Sokka Panai and is based on the legend of Trivikrama (Vamana Avatar) of Lord Vishnu.

The legend associated with Vishnu Deepam is an interpretation of Lord Vamana asking three steps of land from King Bali. Here instead of land it is based on the movement of sun and earth. It is said that the two steps of Lord Vamana are the Uttarayan and vernal equinox. And the third step which sends Bali to the underworld is the autumn equinox and the bonfire lit on Vishnu Deepam remembers this event.

Karthigai Deepam is also observed on the day in most years and this is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga.