Karthigai Sarvalaya Deepam Festival 2011


Swarna Kamadzi Amman Temple

Stephens Way, Three Bridges

Crawley

West Sussex RH10 1TN

Karthigai Festival/Sarvalaya Deepam

This festival is celebrated mainly in Tamil Nadu in South India. It is a festival of lights. As is the theme of all festivals this one also celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.
It is the oldest festival in Tamil Nadu. One of the oldest literatures in Tamil called Tolkappiam dating back to 2000-2500 B.C. mentions the significance and background of this festival. There are several stories, but I will mention a couple of them that have a
realistic note. They are mentioned in our mythology. The festival falls on the Purnima day (full moon) in the Tamil month of Karthigai. The story goes like this – Lord Shiva once asked Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma to find His head and feet and went into the river. Lord Brahma took the form of a fish and Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and went looking. Later on, Lord Vishnu accepted defeat and said he could not find Lord Shiva’s feet. But Lord Brahma said that he had found Lord Shiva’s head, which was not true. So Lord Shiva got angry and cursed Lord Brahma saying that there will be no place for him in a Shiva temple. But Lord Vishnu would be there….Please cleack here