Makara Jothi

What is special on Makara Jothi?

"Makara Sankranthi" on 14th January is the most auspicious day at Sabarimala. Ayyappa swami said to King Rajashekara at the time of entering into meditation at Ponnambala Medu as "I am entering into eternal meditation for the betterment of the world. However, every year at the time of Makara Sankranthi, I will wake up from my meditation and open my eyes to see the world. At that time you may adorn my idol with all the ornaments that you have made for my coronation ceremony and Makara Jyoti will appear in the Ponnambala Medu."

As said by Him, every year Makara Jyothi or Makara Sankranthi is celebrated in a grand manner in Sabarimala, the abode of Swami Ayyappa in Kerala.On this day, the Jewel Casket is carried on head from the ancestral residence of the royal family of Panthalam to the Shrine on this day. A Garuda, the Brahaman kite, follows this ornaments-carrying procession, hovering about in the sky, After these ornaments are worn on the Lord the bird circles the temple in the sky three times and disappears.

A Star called as "Uthram Nakshathra" that can never been seen in the sky appears on the day of Makarajyothi before the sighting of the Jyoti. A Jyoti is seen for a little time on the hill top showing the presence of Swamy Ayyappan gracing his devotees.

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Live Telecast of Makara Jyothi from Sabarimala can be seen in Doordarshan Kerala on 14 January about 3 pm IST



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