Kartikai Deepam 2023, Nov 26 - Nov 26
Sri Annamalaiar Hill is considered as Lord Shiva's great presence in Thiruvannamalai. People believe that the huge light lit during 5 pm will make people close with Lord Shiva on Katikai Deepam. Lord Shiva will shed all his blessings during this special time of the year. He is rigidly worshipped during this time. On this occasion, rows of Agal Vilakkus or clay oil lamps are lit in every home, as they are believed to ward off the evil forces. This ritual of lighting the lamps is important in almost every Hindu festival and is essential for this festival as well.