Kerala Ayyappa Temple Sabarimala is all set for Makara Jyothi. Makara Jyothi Darshhanam live will commence at 6.30 PM on 14th Jan 2018. Watch live streaming videos of Makara Jyothi 2018 online from popular news channels of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on 15th January 2017 from 5.00 pm onwards. You can watch live streaming now.
Makara Jyothi/ Makaravilakku 2018:
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.
Makaravilakku, is a part of a religious ritual that is practiced in the past by the tribes in the forest of Ponnambalamedu(the place where Makaravilakku appears) and then later secretly continued by The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB). There is nothing supernatural in the Makaravilakku, no God or goddess is performing this. It has been a practiced for more than hundreds of years by the tribes. It was only in January, 2011 that the TDB admitted in the high court for the first time in history that Makaravilakku is man made. 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. The holy Light… “The Jyothi is a star that appears on the skies on the Makarasamkrama day above the Ponnambalamedu towards the eastern direction of Sabarimala. The lamp lighted during the time of Deeparadhana (arati) in the temple is known as Makara Vilakku.”
Makara is the name of a zodiac sign in Indian languages known as Capricorn in English. “Jyoti” means “light” in Sanskrit. Thus “Makara Jyoti” (also spelt as Jyothi) means “Light of Capricorn”
The most famous Ayyappa shrine in India is the one at Sabarimala with over 50 million devotees visiting it every year. The huge crowd of pilgrims that witnesses the event has been on the rise every year. You can watch Shabari Mala Makara Jyothi 2018 Darshanam Live on Tv9, Thanthi, Sun TV, DD National etc.
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Millions of devotees from South India relied upon to witness the Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku. District police chief K B Venugopal said that “A total of 1,300 police personnel will be deployed in 15 clusters in the district. A superintendent of police will lead the force in Pulled and a deputy commissioner of police will be assigned to monitor the arrangements in Parumthumpara and Panchalimed. A total of 15 DYSPs and 18 Circle Inspectors will lead the force.”
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