Masik Kartighai : Significance of the Fast & Pujan Vidhi

Masik Kartighai Deepam is a popular festival celebrated by the Tamil Hindus. It is also considered to be one of the oldest festivals ever to be observed by Tamil Hindu households. According to the Hindu panchang, masik Karthigai this year will be celebrated on Tuesday, 8th September 2020. Pretty much like Diwali lamps and Lights Are lit all across the Tamil Hindu households.

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The name Karthika Deepam has been taken from Kartikeya all the Kritika Nakshatra. The day when this particular Nakshatra remains extremely active is when the festival of Karthigai is celebrated. Lord Shiva is worshipped on this very day. According to Hindu Puranic beliefs, Lord Shiva transformed himself into a ray of infinite light or Anant Jyoti to prove his brilliance in front of Lord Vishnu and Brahma.

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Masik Karthigai Pujan Vidhi 

  • Visit a Shiva temple and worship the Shiva Linga duly.
  • Offer perfume, vermilion, Dhatura, red flowers, milk, honey, Ghee, sugar, jaggery, yagnopavit, etc. to the Lord.
  • There is also a tradition of lighting three lamps of scented oil during this day.
  • Also, do not forget to light some sandalwood incense sticks.
  • Offer a pink Kanar flower and also some rice pudding.

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Things to Do on this Day

  • It is believed that if a six faced Deepak/lamp with scented oil made of flour is lit in front of a Shivalinga, then the health of the concerned person remains in good spirits. 
  • Apart from this, it is recommended to light nine faced lamps of pure ghee in the Shivalinga on this day. 
  • Apart from this, if you wish to finish off any ongoing debate in your family which has lasted for quite a while during this time, then it is recommended to offer Chasni (a sweet liquid)
  • If you wish to safeguard your house from any kind of problem, then offer pink coloured flowers to the Shiv Linga. 
  • The same should be done if you are seeking professional upliftment and prosperity. 

The monthly Kartighai Deepam is celebrated every month, but the most special Kartighai Deepam festival falls during the Kartik month. This festival is quite famous in Tiruvannamalai and celebrated widely over there. On this day, a huge lamp/light is lit on the hill top of Tiruvannamalai. This lamp is so large that it can be seen from very far away. This lamp is known as the ‘Garh Mahadweep’. A large number of people come and gather at Tiruvannamalai and worship Lord Bholenath and pray for their family’s happiness, longevity, good health etc.

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Kartigai Deepam : Vrat Katha

Lord Shiva appeared to Lord Vishnu as an infinite beam of light before Lord Brahma. The reason behind this incarnation of Lord Shiva was to decide who is the supreme one amongst Gods. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma sparked a debate as to who is the best among them. In such a situation, Lord Shiva told both the gods that you have to find the beginning and end of this infinite flame. This basically meant that they had to find the head of Lord Shiva and his feet.

Both the Gods went out for this particular search. But Lord Vishnu returned very soon he confessed to Lord Shiva that there is no end to Lord Shiva. After this Lord Brahma came and he said that he somehow got to see the head of Lord Shiva. But what he uttered turned out to be a complete lie. During that very moment, a furious Lord Shiva cursed him that no temple of Lord Brahma would ever be built on earth and he will not be worshiped in any form. Thus, at the end, Lord Vishnu proved to be superior to Lord Brahma. Ever since then, Lord Shiva is worshiped duly on the occasion of Masik Kartighai Deepam.

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