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Karthika Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated in the Malayalam month of Vrischika. It is celebrated on the Pournami, the full moon day of the month, which coincides with Karthika Star. Small earthern lamps are lit at the entrances of every home.
The legend goes that Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu set out to find the head and the feet of Lord Shiva respectively. Neither of them succeeds in their endeavour as the Lord takes a gigantic form. Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (column of fire).

 

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Special pujas are performed to Lord Muruga on this day .As another legend goes Lord Muruga who took the form of six babies in a lake had all the forms united by his mother Parvathi and hence his six faces or the 'Arumukhan'.



 
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The Karthika day begins with the cleaning of the houses decorating the entrances of the homes with grand, elaborate kolams. At dusk, small earthern lamps are lit, pujas are offered and also there is the joyous burst of fire crackers.

 
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