Mahadeepam 2013


Here are a few photos from the lighting of the Arunachala Mahadeepam flame tonight.

After yesterday’s rain, it was clear during the day, but began to be cloudy this evening. In the photo below, a cloud covers the Arunachala peak about ten minutes before the lamp will be lit.


Some men near us prepare their own deepam light, by using the dirt to form a mini-Arunachala and placing camphor on top.


Almost sunset, but still clouds. It is right at six PM, they may be lighting the flame right now.


We cannot see the Mahadeepam flame, but the men have lit theirs.


The flame burns nicely.


Fireworks start to go off in the air around us.

Boom … flash.


Boom … flash.


Boom … flash. Nice one!


The full moon rises and peaks out through the clouds.

Finally the clouds clear and we can see the deepam flame.


Here is the deepam flame with the Karthagai full moon.

Now all around Tiruvannamalai people are getting in their buses, and starting up their cars to get home. For a few hours the traffic will be terrible as many people try to leave at the same time.

Still this was another wonderful celebration. I stand in awe that this has been going on for so many hundreds of years!


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9 Responses to “Mahadeepam 2013”

  1. Shanthi Sharma Says:

    can you share info of any paying guest or service accommodation in Tvanamalai?

    • Richard Clarke Says:

      there are many, such as Ramanasramam, or Sri Shedadri ashrams, Look at other places like Trip Advisor for other recommendations.I do not provide booking services.

  2. tsb soma Says:

    Thanks Richard and check out more details of Arunachala on and also visit their ashram on Kanchi Road near Petrol Bunk

  3. Sathyan S Says:

    Thanks a lot Richard ji.I am able to see the magnificent sight of Deepam from 4000 kilometers away.


  4. Madhevi Renghen Says:

    Many thanks for these photo …. Aum Arunachalaya Namaha

  5. Ramakrishna S Gunturu Says:

    Dear Sri Richard,

    I am enjoying all your posts. In return to what I have been receiving from you, all I can say is “Dhanyavaad”.

    Arunachala Siva.
    Hara Hara Mahadeva.

  6. M.r. Arulraja Says:

    Thank you Richard! We were watching from home via TV relay. Your post is a great record to keep.
    Thanks again.

  7. drsundaram Says:

    thanks thanks thanks richard

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