Lakhs witness Makara Jyoti

via www.kaumudi.com published on January 14, 2011

SABARIMALA: Lakhs of pilgrims today witnessed Makara Jyoti, the most important and the last festival in the two-month Mandala Pooja—Makaravilakku Kalam—at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.

Thiruvaabharanam (gold ornaments), specially brought from the Pandalam Palace, reached Sannidhanam at 6.45 in the evening. It was later taken to the Sree Kovil (sanctum Sanctorum) around 6.55 pm. Lord Ayyappa appeared before the devotees fully attired in the Thiruvaabharanam

As usual an eagle hovered over the Sabarimala Temple before deeparadhana. Then the Makara Star (Makara Jyoti) appeared on the sky. The appearance of Makaravilakku followed then. Makaravilakku is the light that appears three times in the distant hill at Ponnambala Medu.

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