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As part of ten day 10 festival, every day on the four Mada Streets around the temple as in the past, well-decorated deities would be taken in a procession on different chariots and mounts. It is a custom to bring out the temple car / chariot / ther on the seventh day and this month it took place on 9 December. Five decorated wooden chariots carrying deities were pulled manually by people in hundreds all along the four Mada street. The most important event Thiru Karthigai Maha Deepam will be on the evening of December 12, as mentioned above, and it is followed by the three-day float festival (Theppa Thiruvizha).
For Kathigai Deepam event alone, it is expected about 700,000 people will be visiting this temple town. During the entire festival days, this place is reverberated with devotional hymns on Lord Shiva rendered with religious fervor.
On the evening of this festival, women, wearing the new dress, light rows of oil lamps at homes and around the houses. Through out the state of Tamil Nadu, in the evening oil lamps are lit at home and temples only after the giant Karthigai Deepam is lit on the Arunachala hill at Thiruvannamalai. The belief is that Thirukarthigai Deepam festival, in the ensuing year, will usher in peace and prosperity to the home and society, besides, the sanctity of the places is further purified. Yet another fact is lighting of oil lamps at home will guard the home dwellers from evil spirits, black magic and spells.
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