Divinity of Makara jyothi questioned, Is Makara jyothi an artificial? What is the real truth behind Makara Jyothi?
Questions are being raised about the reality of Makara Jyothi which appears at the top of Ponnambalamedu , neighbor hill of Sabarimala temple after the dusk on Makar Sankranti day with the tragedy of 102 devotees died in a stampede occured at Pulmedu, a forested area about 30 km from the temple, when pilgrims were returning after sighting of celestial light.
Makar Sankranti day is believed as as the most holy day in the two-month long festival season of the Sabarimala temple, where above million devotees used to rush into the temple waiting anxiously for the celestial light to appear. 'Makara Jyothi Darshanam' is considered as one of most blessing things by Hindu believers and there have been a vast number of pilgrims from the southern states to see the divine light.
Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham (KYS) against Makara Jyothi
Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham (KYS) , organization against religions, has been leading a campaign for the past thirty years against making the artificial light in Sabarimala by the state government and the Devasom Board and criticizing them against their cheating towards the common people in Kerala and neighbor states
An office bearer of the KYS D. Sukumaran led a march to the Devasom Board office Tuesday by demanding to stop this cheating. Sukumaran, a retired Kerala State Transport Corporation official explained.
"Since 1980, on numerous occasions we have come out with pictures of this artificial light being lit by employees of the Devasom Board and the Kerala State Electricity Board who are accompanied by the police"
He also added that KYS created an artificial light to prove their point in 1982, a day before the divine celestial light appeared and All India Radio had reported, but Thiruvatham koor Devasom board did not accept.
In 1983 the KYS campaigners were poorly beaten by the state police when they try to enter the hill area where the artificial light is created by burning camphor.
The Kerala Shastra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP), a Marxist social science movement demanded to reveal the truth behind Makara Jyothy to public and end the ritual of making celestial light in Sabarimala. KSSP has also decided to contact the similar organizations in the neighboring states like Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu to make conscious the public by run an awareness campaign.
In 2008, the supreme priest of the Sabarimala temple Kantaru Maheswararu made have clear in a letter that Makar Jyothi is a star that comes in view in the sky above the temple around dusk time on the first day of the month of Makaram and Makara Villaku is a light which is lit after the star appears in the sky. This declaration made controversy on the event at that time. Later His grandson Rahul Eashwar had mentioned that the Makara Jyothy is used to create artificially on top of a hill (Ponnambalamedu) near by Sabarimala, but he is not aware of that who does that.
Will Makara Jyothi stops by Kerala High Court?
Kerala High Court demanded a detailed report on the Sabarimala stampede from the government by Thursday. So everybody's attention is towards the issue on whether the court will ask the government to stop the Makara Jyothi .
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