Karthigai Deepam festival, 2022 at Thiruvannamali, Tamil Nadu began with flag-hoisting

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Arunachaleswar temple, Thiruvannamalai TN,.

Temples  across India have a specified temple flag  mostly of triangle shape and is  meant to be hoisted  during  festivals. On the chosen auspicious day before the commencement of the festival the temple flag will be referentially hoisted on a Dwaja Stambha in the front of the shrine in the midst of chanting of mantras by the temple priests. Particularly, in southern India, the flag hoisting ceremony  has been a long tradition. In north Indian states  temple flag will be regularly fluttering on all days atop the Sigara; it is not so in most south Indian temples.  

In the temple town of Tiruvannamalai preparations are underway for the ensuing  the Maha Deepam festival that began on November 27  2022.  The festival on a grand manner  will be held between November 27 and December 6. As it has been customary the flag hoisting ceremony at Sri Arunachaleswarar temple took place between 5.30 am and 7 am in the presence of  Deputy speaker of the house and the District Collector.

 Karthigai Deepam, being one of the grand festivals in Tamil Nadu, the district administration along with HR & CE are carefully making steps to meet the heavy rush. The festival of  Sri Arunachaleswarar temple, this year, it is expected, will attract  roughly 25 lakh devotees from across Tamil Nadu and other states.  In order to make the huge crowd of devotees to have comfortable darshan, the authorities are focusing on  necessary facilities  which include operation of special fleets of buses from far-off distances and trains, makeshift parking facilities,  help centers. Medical mobile units, drinking water facilities and toilets, In view of recent bomb explosions in a car and autorickshaw  in Coimbatore and Mangalore respectively by terrorists, this time police security will be very tight with the installation of CCTV cameras at countless vulnerable points. Police teams are to be  deployed at many places inside and outside the temple. Especially on the 14 km girivalam path several police teams will provide  adequate security to countless devotees.

The HR & CE management (Govt. agency) this year will allow only  2,500 devotees to climb the 2,668 foot tall Annamalaiyar Hill to witness the Maha Deepam, to be lit in the evening - 6 pm  during Karthigai Deepam.  The other  major event --the lighting of  Bharani Deepam will be held  at 4 am on the temple premises in the midst of singing of  devotional hymns  glorifying the deities Annamalaiyar (God Shiva) and his  Unnamulaiamman (Parvati).

A unique feature to be introduced this time is the waist band for the children who visit the temple with their parents. They will be tied on children, upon their arrival and he band will contain phone numbers of the guardian of the child and police control room. If the child goes missing, people can inform the police by dialing the numbers on the band. Around 20,000 bands have been procured by the district administration for the purpose.