Sabarimala Makara Jyothi Darshan 2017: Makara Jyothi occurs on the 14th of January every year that is on Pongal/Makara Sankaranti, at the hill shrine of Sabarimala. Several millions of devotees usually visit Sabarimala, shrine hill in Kerala, to have darshan of Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku.
Makara Jyothi is a star which is worshiped by pilgrims in huge numbers at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala on Makara Sankranti on 14 January every year. However many devout Hindus claim that Makara Jyothi is the celestial lighting which takes place on Makara Sankranthi day and they believe that Lord Ayyappan asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees.
It is worth to be noted that Makara Jyoti is not to be mistaken to Makara Vilakku. Makaravilakku is a light or flame that appears thrice on the Ponnambalamedu hill, four km away to the temple. Makaravilakku is the tradition ritual practiced by the tribes of Ponnambalamedu from ancient times and now The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is continuing the practice. The light will be lit for thrice.
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Actually there is a temple in the Ponnambalamedu, the place is not open to the public it is under the control of Forest department of Kerala. When the Sirius star appears in the sky on Makaram 1st, these tribes too perform their rituals in that temple. Like in the temple of Sabarimala they also perform Arathi encircling the fire around the Idol. It is performed by lighting camphor and ghee in a vessel and is circled around the idol 3 times. This lamp or fire is what we see from the Sabarimalai temple and call it Makara Jyothi but the fire in the Ponnabalamedu is the actual Makaravilakku.
Owing to Makara Jyoti/ Makaravilakku darshan security has been beefed up in Idukki district in Kerala. Devotees will chant Swamiye Ayyappa during the lighting and the Lord Ayyaappan will be decorated with flowers and traditional jewels. We have made it easy for devotees to watch the live streaming of the Makara Jyoti/ Makaravilakku 2017 darshan online here.
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