As different states of India celebrate the auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti 2020 today, Kerala sees the annual festival of Makaravilakku. It is one of the most auspicious times of the year, where almost half a million of devotees come to see the first sighting of Makar Jyothi. It appears on Ponnambalamedu hill, opposite the Sabarimala temple. The first glimpse of Makar Jyothi has been spotted this evening and pictures are shared on social media. Makaravilakku 2020: Makara Jyothi Date, Significance, Rituals, Muhurat Time, Celebrations Related to Annual Event at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

The Makar Jyothi that lights up Ponnambalamedu hill is believed to be Lord Aiyaapa’s birth star. It appears for just a few seconds and celebration sees a great Thiruvabharanam (sacred ornaments of Ayyappan) procession to the auspicious appearance of a light or flame on Ponnambalamedu hill. The Makar Jyothi sighting occurs during the sunset and the first pictures are here.Makaravilakku 2020: Sabarimala All Set for Makara Jyothi; Heavy Security at Lord Ayyappa Shrine During Makar Sankranti.

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This festival also commemorates a 41-day fast that men attending the holy shrine maintain before embarking on a journey to Sabarimala. On this day, 'Thiruvabharanam', the sacred ornaments of Lord Ayyappa are brought in the shrine from Panadalam palace. The practice of Makaravilakku has been practised for more than hundreds of years.

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