A large number of devotees witnessed the Karthigai Deepam lit atop a cauldron made of copper atop Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple on Tuesday.
Religious fervour pervaded the area when the temple bell rang and crackers were burst. Exactly at 6 p.m., the temple priest lit the lamp with devotees raising slogans in glory of lord Siva and lord Subramanya,
A. Ilamparithi, Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, said that the preparation for the deepam commenced about a week ago.
About 6,000-metre-long cotton cloth was used for making the wick for the deepam, and about 1,000 litres of iluppai oil and gingelly oil besides ghee were used for burning the holy lamp which is visible in a radius of about five km throughout the night.
Later, the idols of lord Siva, lord Vinayaka, lord Subramanya, and Sri Chandikeswarar were taken in a procession through Rockfort Ul Veethi, Chinnakadai street, NSB Road, Nandikovil street, and Keezh Andal street.
Reciting verses from Tirumarai, a large number of devotees performed girivalam around Rockfort.
Tight police bandobust was provided for the smooth conduct of the festival.
Keywords: Karthigai Deepam