TIRUCHIRAPALLI, INDIA, November 28, 2012 (The Hindu): A large number of devotees witnessed the Karthigai Deepam lit atop a cauldron made of copper atop Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple on Tuesday.
Religious fervor 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. A 6,560-yard-long cotton cloth was used for making the wick for the deepam, and about 264 gallons of iluppai oil and gingelly oil besides ghee were used for burning the holy lamp which is visible in a radius of about three miles throughout the night.
Later, the statues of Lord Siva, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Subramanya, and Sri Chandikeswarar were taken in a procession through the town. Reciting verses from Tirumarai, a large number of devotees performed girivalam around Rockfort.