Tamil Sangam Rajendra Chola Epigraphs On Kaarthigai Deepam


This practice of lighting for Karthikai deepam has been in vogue from Tamil Sangam period.This is recorded ,among others,in Akananaanuru,Kalavazhi Naarpathu, Thevaram ( reference here is Kaarthigai in Kapaleswara temple Chennai).Seevaka Chintamani , one of the five epics in Tamil, speaks of this practice.Of note is that this work Seevaka Chintamani is oriented towards Jain Philosophy.