The Makara Jothi
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                                Jothi Dharisaname Saranam Ayyappa !

Makara Jothi at Kanthamala  
pated event at Sabarimala is the Makara Jothi (usually on January 14th). Thiruvabaranam or the sacred jewels of the Lord (presented by Padalam King) arrives at Sabarimala in three boxes. On the arrival of the jewel boxes the whole mountain reverberates to the
chanting of 'Saranam Ayyappa' by millions of devotees gathered there to watch the event.

The Thiruvabaranam box - still the private property of the Pandalam royal family, starts it journey two days before Makara Jothi day from Pandalam. The person who carries the box dances in a trance that can be believed only by who witnesses it. Thiruvabaranam travels through Valiakoikkal Sastha temple at Pandalam, Ayiroor Puthia Kavu Temple, Perunattil temple, Vlakkai, Nilaikkal Siva temple, Vellachimala,
Pamba and Sabari Peedam before reaching at Sannidhanam around 6.00 PM on theMakara Jothi day. Every year a Garuda hovers and flies above the Thiruvabaranam
boxes as if to guard them.
 

On reaching the Sannidhanam the Melshanthi and Thandhri receive the sacred jewels amidst of thundering echoes of Sarana ghosham. The Thiruvabaranam box contains a diamond crown, golden bracelets, necklaces and a sword. The priests adorn the Lord with these and perform arathi.

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At the same moment a brilliant light of amazing magnificence appears in the northeastern side to the temple at opposite mountain in a place called Kantamala (the home of devas and rishis). It is believed that this brilliant flame of light is the arathi performed by the rishis and the devas. This event marks the culmination of the pilgrimage to Sabarimala.



Makara Vilakku :

After the jothi, that night Malikappurathuamma, mounted on an elephant comes in a procession to the Patinettampadi (18 steps ) and returns back to her abode. This is the beginning of the Makara Vilakku festival. This festival lasts for seven days. Many pilgrims stay back till this festival is over and Kuruthi pooja (offering of water mixed with chunnambu and turmeric powder to the forest deities) is performed.

Even some who leave Sabarimala after witnessing the Jothi observe fasting till the Makara Villaku and Kuruthi pooja is complete at Sabarimala.

Other festivals :

Onam, Mandalapooja, Pankuni Uthram (Lord Birthday) and Vishu are the other festivals celebrated in Sabarimala with pomp and glory.

 LISTEN TO AYYAPPAN CARNATIC SONGS
LISTEN TO DR SIVACHIDAMBAM SONGS
LISTEN TO UNNIKRISHNAN & OTHERS
LISTEN TO TRADITIONAL BHAJANS

Download: Ayyappan Screensaver & Wallpapers | Sarana Ghosham | Pooja Verses

 

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