As the annual Makaravilakku festival kicks off, Sabarimala, a hill-shrine temple in Kerala, is fully prepared for the event.
Devotees, gathered at the hill-shrine temple, are eagerly anticipating the observance of Makara Jyothi, a celestial event coinciding with Makara Sankramam or Makara Sankranthi.
The Travancore Devaswom Board has ensured that all necessary arrangements are in place for the event. Travancore Devaswom Board President PS Prashant stated, “All facilities have been arranged at all ten points set up for the celestial light – Makara Jyothi darshan.”
Devotees intending to witness Makara Jyothi are urged by the Devaswom Board president to adhere to the instructions provided by the police and fire force.
In addition to the regular ‘Annadhanam’ (food serving), special arrangements have been made for the distribution of food to devotees on Sunday (January 14) and Monday. Board members estimate that about one lakh devotees will benefit from these arrangements.
The Tamil Nadu Devaswom Board has contributed by providing about 80 lakh biscuits for the devotees eagerly awaiting the Makara Jyothi.
Devotees will have access to darshan until January 20, with the temple closing on January 21.