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November 22, 2015

Karthigai Deepam Pooja Procedure,Date,Recipes

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Karthigai deepam pooja
Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month(November-December) which coincides with Karthika star.This year 2015,Thirukarthigai deepam falls on November 25th,Wednesday.Pooja should be done in the evening around 5-30 to 6pm.  Actually One must light deepam every evening in the entrance and do the pooja on all the 30 days of this month.On the Thirukarthigai day, the entire house is decorated with the oil lamps. This festival of lights indicates the removal of darkness (Ignorance) and enhancing of light (Intelligence).Karthika Month is the only month in which both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped. Karthika Pouranmi or Karthika Purnima is also one of the days when the temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are full with the devotees wanting a darshan of their deities.
The other names of Karthika Pournami are Deva Diwali or Tripurari Purnima. Generally people observe vratham/fasting during 30 days of Karthigai month.On those days,people avoid eating Non-veg foods.They take head bath daily and read one chapter in Kanda puranam book.They must take meal only once per day either it can be a lunch or dinner.Most of the people observe this kind of Vratham on auspicious days like karthika poornima, karthigai somavaram etc.In this month,Karthigai Deepam is the most important festival for Hindus.
Story behind this festival
This festival is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamalai. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.
Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.
On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (Rangoli,Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal vilakku) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the neivedyam & deeparadhanai is done after which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies.A lamp should be kept in Rice containers & Salt box too. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Karthigai Deepam for three days.

how to celebrate Karthigai deepam

Significance of Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam is a powerful time to experience the light of divine consciousness. The auspicious combination of the Full Moon in the month of Karthigai (November – December) and Pleiadian star Krittika allows the light of higher consciousness to enter into the world.
On this day, Arunachala, the Mountain of Light (fire), which is said to represent the divine being Shiva in his form as the element of Fire, comes alive and radiates a unique energy that enables you to move from human intelligence to divine intelligence.
Furthermore, Krittika (Karthigai) is the birth star associated with Muruga, the warrior archetype of infinite wisdom, and therefore Karthigai Deepam is one of the blessed times of the year when the divine energies can burn your karmic sufferings and help you experience inner transformation.
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Karthigai deepam pooja

Ingredients for Pooja & Neivedyam

For Pooja
  • Lamps/Agal vilakku – as needed ( Click HERE for homemade lamps using rice flour)
  • Wicks/threads
  • Oil & ghee
  • Betel leaves/Betel nut ( Vetrilai,paaku)
  • Banana/Vazhai pazham
  • Flowers
  • Incense stick,Dhoop & camphor
  • Coconut
For neivedyam
  • Aval pori (or) Nel Pori (or) Arisi pori/Puffed rice
  • Dark colored jaggery
  • Raw rice Or Wheat flour Or maida for making appam
  • Sugar ( If using for appam)
  • Coconut
  • Raw rice & moong dal for making payasam
  • Raw rice or store bought rice flour for making Maavilakku
Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.

How to perform Karthigai Deepam Pooja

  • In Tamil nadu,Karthigai Deepam is celebrated for 3 days.The Previous day to karthigai is called as Barani deepam.So we keep 5-7 lamps in the entrance on Barani deepam day.

Prepreparatory works

  • Two days before the karthigai deepam,you should finish all the shopping and keep all the ingredients ready.Every year we used to buy one new lamp/Agal vilakku.If you have this practice,buy one.While buying the lamps,make sure there are no cracks on it.
  • One day prior to the festival,clean the house & wash all the lamps & agal vilakku.For washing agal vilakku,take water in a big bowl adding soap powder/Detergent.Soak the lamps for 15 minutes and then wash it.This helps to remove the oil greased in the lamps.If you are using new lamps,u don’t need to soap wash them.Just wash it in plain water.Spread the lamps in a wide plate and let it dry till afternoon.After its dried,keep turmeric and kumkum on three sides of lamp.
  • On that day evening,take 5 or 7 lamps,put oil & wicks.Draw some rangoli in the entrance & light the lamps after doing neivedyam.You should not light the lamp inside the house and take out.Instead you should light the lamps only after keeping them out.It’s a sentiment.

On Karthigai deepam day

  • The next day i.e on karthigai deepam day morning,observe fasting and prepare all the neivedyam recipes. Soak the rice for making Maavilakku & appam.Make pori urundai and store in a box.Grind the batter and keep it ready for appam.Mix jaggery and homemade rice flour for maavilakku.Make a ball,put a dent.Keep turmeric & kumkum dots.Set aside.No need to add ghee now.You can roast rice n dal for making payasam and keep aside.Apart from these recipes,I also make salt less kozhukattai & rice flour lamps following my mom.I do this every year for the well being of my family members.In the below picture,u can find the homemade lamps and kozhukattai.If you wish u can try them too.Please check this link for the recipe & procedure.
  • Prepare the lunch and have it.After having lunch,at around 4 pm,prepare the payasam.Make appam.Put the wicks for all the washed lamps and pour oil.Pou ghee for maavilakku and put the wick.Wash the entrance and draw Rangoli/Kolam.Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas. At around 5 pm,decorate the pooja room by keeping flowers.Take a plate and keep betel leaf,nut,banana and broken coconut.Arrange all the neivedyam recipes in another plate.Keep the maavilakku in front of the God.
  • First light the maavilakku & the lamps/Vilakku in pooja room.Do not light the agal vilakku now.By 5.30 pm u can start the pooja and by 6 pm u can light the lamps outside.Do the neivedyam,dhoop and dheeparadhanai.After doing the pooja, first light two lamps.Keep one inside the rice container and the other one inside the salt container.Keep the containers open.Remember all the vilakku should face only EAST.
  • Now take the remaining lamps and arrange them in the entrance as u wish.Light them using a match stick.You should not light the lamp inside the house and take out.Instead you should light the lamps only after keeping them out.It’s a sentiment.Please remember this point.
  • Now light the remaining lamps and keep them in entrance of each room.Please be careful after you keep the lamps inside the house.Warn your kids about them.Let the lamps glow all around your house.Decorate your house with lamps as u like.Once they turn off automatically,u can remove them after 9 pm.Arrange them in the plate.Repeat the same on the next day evening too.Some people make batchanams like adhirasam & milagu jeeraga adai for next day neivedyam.But we just keep some fruits or dry grapes or sugar candy/kalkandu and do the neivedyam.Keep some lamps in odd number the next day.No need to keep lamps inside the house for every room.So totally it’s a three days celebration.

Karthigai deepam recipes

Karthigai deepam recipes
    Below you can find the collection of Karthigai Deepam recipes like appam,pori urundai,maavilakku and payasam recipes from my blog.Please click on the images to see the respective recipe.I have also a shared a video on how to make pori urundai.I hope you will find these recipes easy to make & useful Happy.
    Please check THIS LINK to view my full collection of Karthigai recipes :)


Friends,the procedure I have shared here is completely based on my family’s tradition.This may differ for from place to place.So please take the advice from an elderly woman who is regularly performing the puja and change it.Thanks for visiting this page.Please write a few words in the comment section if you find this post usefulHappy.
Have a happy Karthigai Deepam Celebration !! See you all in my next post.Bye for nowHappy

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  1. What a detailed post chitra.Sometimes i used to light the lamps inside and take it out .From now on will light it outside only ..THanks for sharing

  2. Nov 25, date has been mentioned wrong. Very detailed information I was waiting wen u will post. Thank you.

    1. Yes.i have corrected it.thanks sankar saranya :)

  3. Useful info. Chitra....happy for this post...

  4. Lovely post on the significance of Karthigai Deepam..

  5. Very nice and informative post. Thanks Chitra.

  6. i did this for the first time. But after keeping i read this blog. i light up inside the house and took outside :(

    1. No worries.That's ok.Follow it next time :) Anything done whole heartedly would be happily accepted by God.No matter about the procedures :)

  7. Should I lit my agal vilaku before maha deepam in hill or after it

  8. I should lit my agal vilaku before or after maha dheepam in thiruvanamalai ?????

    1. You should light the lamp in the evening around 6pm.If you wish you can do at the same time of tiruvannamalai mahadeepam or immediately after they do :)


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