Makaravilakku Festival

  • 16th January, 2023
  • Makaravilakku is a seven-day annual festival of Kerala, which is held at Sabarimala temple on Makara Sankranti. On this day, the anniversary of the meeting of Lord Shri Rama with Sabari is celebrated.
  • The festival begins with the Thiruvabharanam procession (procession of ornaments) and ends with a ritual called 'Guruthi'. This ritual is performed to please the deities of the forest.
  • Makaravilakku is a light that is lit on the Ponnambalamedu hill. On this day Makarajyoti (celestial star) appears in the sky and it marks the transition of Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn.
  • In the past, this festival was celebrated by the Malayaraya tribe, Who are considered descendants of the Malaiyaman kingdom of Ponnambalamedu.

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