Monthly Karthigai is also known as Karthigai Deepam. This festival is celebrated in Tamil Nadu and is a popular festival of Hindus. The auspicious day is celebrated in the month of Kartikai when Kartikai Nakshatra predominates during Ratrimana. This month 25 September will be celebrated as Monthly Karthigai.
This festival is celebrated once in a month. On this day, Tamil Hindus decorate their homes with kolam and lamp oil after sunset. Devotees worship Lord Shiva and Lord Murugan. On a particular day, food like addai, vadai, appam, nellu pori and muttai pori etc. are prepared to be offered to the deity.
Monthly Karthigai: Date and Time
The festival of Lord Shiva and Lord Murugan will be celebrated on 25 September 2021. Karthigai will start from 12:18 pm on Sunday i.e. 25th September and will end on 26th September at 2:50 pm.
Monthly Karthigai: Worship Method
On this day devotees clean their house and decorate it with flowers. Later, they make a lamp of jaggery and light it with ghee. After all the food is prepared, puja is performed and aarti to Lord Murugan and Lord Shiva is performed.
Monthly Karthigai: Significance
This auspicious day is celebrated to mark the supremacy of Lord Shiva as Lord Shiva appeared as an endless fiery pillar after Lord Brahma and Lord Vishu quarreled over each other's supremacy. Lord Shiva emerged as a supreme Jyoti (light) to end the quarrel and bring peace again, and this light appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga.
According to mythology, Lord Murugan was born on that day from the third eye of Lord Shiva. It is said that the Lord came into existence in six different parts. Each part was given a different name. Eventually, Goddess Parvati combined all the six entities to form a little boy. That little boy was called Kartikeya, who was the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
This festival is very famous in Tiruvannamalai hills. On this special day of Lord Shiva, a huge lamp is lit on the hills and then he is worshipped.
Note- The information given here is based on religious beliefs and folk beliefs, there is no scientific evidence for this. It has been presented here keeping in mind the general public interest.