Makara Jyothi is the celestial lighting at Sabarimala Temple, which takes place on day of Makar Sankranti. Every year, this celestial phenomenon is witnessed by largest number of pilgrims who visit the Sabarimala Temple for this occasion. Makara Jyothi is worshiped as a part of ritual in Sabarimala Temple on Makara Sankranti.
People believe that the jyothi is a celestial phenomenon and its sighting is auspicious and brings good luck and blessings.
Makarajyothi is seen on the eastern side of Ponnambalamedu (Ponnambala Medu). It is believed that Lord Ayyappan asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees.
Devotees from different parts of South India visit the Sabarimala Sannidhanam (Sabarimala Temple) as well as the surrounding hillsides in the forest area to worship the celestial star, Makarajyoti, which appears on the eastern horizon of the Sannidhanam on the Makaravilakku day.
The Makara Joyti also known as the Divya Jyothi can be seen from Sannidhanam, Pandithavalam, Pulmedu, Hilltop, Chalakayam, Attathodu, Saramkuthi, Neelimala, Marakootam.
In 2014, Makara Jyothi Festival is on 14th January 2014.
Makara Jyothi 2014 – Makara Vilakku 2014 Live Telecast and Live Streaming :
Live Telecast of Makara Jyothi 2014 on Television :
Every year Makara Jyothi is shown live on most of South Indian television channels in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on 14th January 2014 from 5.00 pm on wards.
Tamil TV Channels - Sun TV, Jaya TV, Kalaignar TV, Raj TV, STAR Vijay, Raj News 24×7, Sun News, etc.
Telugu TV Channels - ETV2 Telugu, TV9 Telugu, Gemini News, NTV, Sakshi TV, ABN Andhra Jyothi, Raj News, etc.
Malayalam TV Channels - DD Malayalam, Asianet, Surya TV, Kairali TV, Asianet News, Indiavision, Manorama News, etc.
Kannada TV Channels - Udaya TV, ETV Kannada, Zee Kannada, Udaya News, TV9 Karnataka, Kasthuri Newz 24, etc.
Live Streaming of Makara Jyothi 2013 on Internet :
You can see live streaming of Makara Jyothi 2013 on following websites -
Sri Sankara TV Website – http://srisankaratv.net/web_tv.html
Manorama News Website – http://www.manoramanews.com
Indiavisionlive Website – http://www.indiavisionnewslive.com/
Asianet News Website – http://www.asianetglobal.com/AsianetNews.aspx
Dinamalar Website – http://dinamalar.com/
The appearance of Makara Jyothi at Ponnambalamedu will coincide with the Maha Deeparadhanai in the temple.
Note : There is difference between Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku. “Makaravilakku” is the ritualistic lighting of lamp at Ponnambalamedu while “Makara jyothi” is a star that appears on the skies at the moment of Makarasmkarama pooja at the forest shrine, witnessed by thousands every year on Makar Sankranti.
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