Kaarthika Vilakku

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The Thrikarthika observed in the month of Karttikai/Vrischikam (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil/Malayalam calendar is an auspicious temple festival, also a Hindu festival in which the temple premise or the worship place is adorned with a huge number of oil-lit lamps. The festival is also known as ‘Karthika Vilakku’. This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and purnimai. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear.

The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai. This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the bonding between brothers and sisters in south India(analogous to Bhaiya-Dhuj and Raakhi). Sisters pray for the prosperity and success of their brothers and light lamps to mark the occasion.

Some cultural art forms of Kerala like Classical concert,Dance,Kathakali,Ottamthulal,Chakyarkuthu etc... are performed in the temple premises for this festival.


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The Sanskrit word Prathishta is the Hindu theological term for a rite or ceremony by which a deity is infused or brought to inhabit a murti or icon of that deity used in connection with a murti is translated by Apte as "the consecration of an idol or image".

Sree Chenganam Kunnathe Bhagavathy temple is one of the 108 ‘Durga Alayas’ created by Lord Parashurama. The last major renovation ceremony in the temple was conducted on an auspicious day, 10th May 1968 (28th Medam 1143 Chithra Nakshathram) and the same day is celebrated as the ‘Pradishta DInam’ every year.