Arunachala Karthigai Festival: Deepam at daytime on Arunachala

December 15 Cauldron

2016 Arunachala Deepam

The rocks upon which the Cauldron is placed, are covered with accumulated ghee from years of Deepam

Guardians of the 2016 Arunachala Deepam

View of 2016 Deepam

Daily supplies of ghee and wicks were taken to Summit

On way to Arunachala Summit

Arunachaleswarar Temple from side of Arunachala

2016 Arunachala Karthigai Festival: Cauldron brought down Hill - Friday December 23, 2016
In 2016 the Deepam on Arunachala stayed alight for 11 days. The time that the Deepam remains on the Hill depends upon calculations done by priests prior to the Festival and can range from the shortest of 7 days to the longest of 13 days.

Deepam cauldron on its way down Arunachala Hill

Men from the fishing caste carry the Cauldron down the hill on large bamboo poles

Entering Temple from North Ammani Amman Gopuram

4th Prakaram Arunachaleswarar Temple

Devotees touching Cauldron for blessings

Cauldron carried into the 1000 Pillar Hall, 5th Prakaram

2016 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Cauldron after Festival

2016 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Cauldron before Festival

The 2016 Cauldron was lit on December 12, 2016 and remained alight on Arunachala for 11 days. It was brought down to the 1000 Pillar Hall, Arunachaleswarar Temple today Friday, 23 December, 2016.

2016 Arunachala Karthigai Festival: Cauldron Puja at Temple - Friday December 23, 2016
On Friday December 23, 2016 the Karthigai Deepam Cauldron was brought from the summit of Arunachala and taken to the 1000 Pillar Hall in the 5th Prakaram of Arunachaleswarar Temple.

After arrival in the 1000 Pillar Hall, Temple Priests performed a puja on the Cauldron.

Karthigai Festival Cauldron

Aarti being offered

Never seen a Deepam Cauldron so damaged after use in one Festival

The 2015 Cauldron at the end of many years of service