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Lord Ayyappa Devotees to Observe Sabarimala Makara Jyoti today
Anand Krishnan | 14 Jan 2011

It is believed that Parasurama Maharshi who uplifted Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January.

The Annual Makaravilakku festival to be observed today dated 14th of January 2011 at Sabarimala Shastha Temple which is situated in the Reserve Forest area in Perinad Village at Rani Taluk in Pathanamthitta District In Kerala State and the temple is sorriunded by dense Forest Hills with a tracking experience to all lord Ayyappa Devotees to get worship by entering the Eighteen Steps at Sabarimala Sastha Temple.
 
It is believed that Parasurama Maharshi who uplifted Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January.
 
The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad and the Temple is that it opens to people of all faiths and many non-hindus conduct pilgrimages to this temple.
 
The pilgrims conduct "Petta Thullal" they also worship in the mosque at Erumeli as a part of their pilgrimage before reaching the temple and the devotee breaks the coconut and steps on to the pathinettampadi, he breaks the physical barrier and blends with the Ultimate.
 
The TV channels of Kerala as well as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will telecast Live darshan from Sabarimala today around 4:30PM onwards On the Sabarimala Makaravilakku day, the evening deeparadhana is the most important puja. During the deeparadhana, Lord Ayyappa gives darshan fully attired in the Thrivaabharanam – gold ornaments – which is specially brought from the Pandalam Palace.
 
Makara Star appears on the sky – Makarajyothi is the star that appears on the sky on the day in the evening. Next is the appearance of Makaravilakku – it is the light that appears three times in the distant hill at Ponnambala Medu. Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God) the Makar Sankranti is marked on January 15.)2011 and the auspicious time of Sankranti in all regions in India is on January 15 from sunrise. The Makar Sankranti is marked on January 14 because the transition of moon in Makar Rashi takes place at 12:45 PM on the night of January 14.
 
Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted as Ganga Sagar Mela, Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam, In North India, it is the time of Lohri and Khichadi, In Central India, it is Known as  Sankranti, In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal, In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi,and Makar Mela is observed in Orissa in In Karnataka its is too known as Sankranthi, In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku, In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event, Famous Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela is observed at Sangam at  Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh
 
Due to heavy rash Government and Police force has been deployed to vigil and to help devotees at Sabarimala, Major crowd is observed on the Makarvilukku day today and the devotees have to be vigil and safety measures to be alerted across Sabarimala to avoid Stampede today and tomorrow and finally to all devotees of Lord Ayyappa “Swamiye saranam Ayyappa”.