Festivals, Celebrations, and Rites in Tiruvannamalai


In India the weeks and months are marked by Hindu festivals and celebrations that are a big part of life in Tiruvannamalai and the nearby villages, as well as rites and ‘functions’ that are basically family-oriented events. Some of these seem like big parties, with thousands or tens of thousands participating. Some are small and personal. All of them are different ways of expressing the deeply held religious values found in South Indian.

The largest of these festivals is Karthigai Deepam, celebrated in November/December. Deepam honors the most significant spiritual story associated with Tiruvannamalai, that of Siva resolving a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu with an endless column of light. Deepam is played out over ten days of festivities, featuring daily parades of the gods through the streets of Tiruvannamalai, and ends with the lighting of the Deepam Torch on the Holy Hill.

Using This Page

This page provides a listing of posts on Deepam and other festivals, celebrations and rites. It will be updated from time to time as more postings are written.

At Ramanasramam

In front of Ramana's Samadhi

Ramana’s Samadhi

Fifty Ninth Aradhana of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Cow Pongal at Ramanasramam & Tiruvannamalai
Athirudra Maha Yagnam at Ramanasramam

In Tiruvannamalai

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration in Tiruvannamalai

Ganesh Chaturth

Ganesh Celebration in Tiruvannamalai
Narayana Gopala – A Special Day Dedicated to Vishnu
Navratri Scenes in Tiruvannamalai
Ayuda Pooja in Tiruvannamalai – 8 October 2008

Happy Diwali – Deepāvali Vartukal from Tiruvannamalai
Blankets for Old People on Deepavalai
More on Deepavali in Tiruvannamalai

Full Moon Pradakshina – Part One
Full Moon Pradakshina – Part Two
Happy Pongal from Samuthiram Village
Ganesh Chaturthi, Tiruvannamalai 2013 
Indian Independence Day Celebrated at Tiruvannamalai School 
Thiruvilakku Pooja in Tiruvnnamalai 
Mayana Kollai Celebration in Tiruvannamalai
HeartKids Annual Awards Function, Tiruvannamalai

Temple Consecrations (Kumbabishekams)

Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam

Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam

Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam: Part 1  
Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam: Part 2   
Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam: Part 3 
Ramanasramam Kumbabishekam: Part 4 – Culmination
Preparation for Kumbabishekam at Parashakthi Temple

Kumbabishekam for Parashakti Temple –Tiruvannamalai
Kumbabishekam for Gowthama Maharishi Temple on Tiruvannamalai’s Girivalam Road
Kumbabishekam for Gowthama Maharishi Temple–Final Day
Culmination of Kumbabishekam of Gowthama Maharishi Temple in Tiruvannamalai

In Nearby Villages

Village prays for rain

Village prays for rain

Village Rain Ceremony

Tamil Coming of Age
South Indian Village Wedding

Family Feast in Gondapatai Village
South Indian Village Funeral
South Indian Village Shraddha
The Gods Do Arunachala Pradakshina

Family and Personal Celebrations

Sadhu Feeling for Carol's Birthday

Giving food to Sadhus

Special Puja for Dancing Swami
Sadhu Feeding for Carol’s Birthday
Bhoomi  Puja Before Building New House
Lintel  Puja for New House
Ganesh Puja for New House
Wedding for Western Woman and Indian Man
Sadhu Feeding on Arunachala’s Pradakshina Road
Sadhu Feast on Arunachala Pradakshina Road


Big Chariot Deepam 2009

Big Chariot Deepam 2009

Deepam 2010

Tiruvannamalai Starts to Prepare for Deepam
Procession of the 63 Nayanmar Saints
Day of Maha Radha
Deepam Aftermath

Deepam 2009

Deepam 2009 – First Day Chariots
Deepam 2009 – Second Day’s Procession
Deepam 2009 – Getting ready for the big day
Deepam 2009 – Day of the Big Chariots
Deepam 2009 – The Night of the Silver Chariots
Deepam 2009 – Getting the Torch to the Top of Arunachala
Deepam Night in Tiruvannamalai
Deepam and the Day After

Deepam 2008

Processions of the Gods
Deepam Day, and Deepam Celebration

Deepam – Preparing the  Flame

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