Tuesday, 6 December 2011


I am spendng this week in the ashram town of Tiruvannamalai. The week is the festival known as Deepam with the culminating event (8th December) being the lighting of a fire at the top of the local mountain, Arunachala.

Because I had to do a bit a research on the Deepam holiday myself, I have copied what I found from a website called Festivals of India.

"When the light on the top of the Tiruvannamalai Hill is unveiled on the Kartigai Deepam day, people see the big light and worship it. They recite again and again in a loud voice 'Harohara'. The esoteric meaning is that he who sees the light of lights that is burning eternally in the chambers of his heart through constant meditation attains immortality. The light on the Arunachala brings the message to you that the Self or Lord Shiva is self-effulgent, He is the light of lights."

Upwards of a million people will pour into this small temple town tomorrow to watch the lighting of the fire and walk the 13 km around the mountain. We will be watching from a distance and actually plan to broadcast the lighting of the fire live from David's rooftop. Here is the link in case you would like to tune in...http://www.ustream.tv/channel/deepam