Friday, January 18, 2008
The culmination of the 41 day Sabarimala Pilgrimage is called Makara Jyothi. The lighting of the light behind the temple complex happens annually on January 14 which coincides with the Tamil celebration of Pongal.
Makara Jyothi falling on the first day of the Malayalam month, Makaram, "denotes the beginning of the northern migration of the Sun known as the Uttharayana. If you observe the Sun early morning as it rises, on the first day in Makara (around January 14th) and following days, it will appear to you that the Sun each day shifts to the North in the Eastern sky." (source)
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