- This festival is celebrated in South india - Tamil Nadu.
- Celebrated by Hindus.
- Lord shiva and Karthikeyan are the lords who are mainly worshipped during this festival.
The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil and bad vibration and bring in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthikai.
History of Karthikai Festival
There was a demon who had, by severe austerities, obtained the boon that he could be invincible and immortal so long as the three forts in which he had entrenched himself were not demolished at one stroke. Because of these three forts or cities he had come to be known as Tripurasura.
The forts were impregnable, one within the other. If only one or two of them were destroyed by his opponents, they would immediately spring up again as strong as ever and the demon would remain unconquerable for such was the boon. Only when all the three forts were demolished and razed to the ground at one stroke and at one time could the demon be vanquished and destroyed. All the forces of good-the gods-tried to rid the world of the atrocities and tyranny of the demon but could not succeed They could destroy one fort or at least two and that too one after the other and the forts would spring up again, none the worse in all the onslaughts of the gods. In despair the defeated gods approached Lord Shiva to come to their help and protect the world.The merciful Lord Shiva agree.