Makara Jyothi is man-lit Says TDB President
Makarajyothi at Sabarimala is believed by majority of the people to be a celestial star on the day of Makar Sankranti. But many debates where arised and the stampede incident on Ponnambalamedu that killed 102 pilgrims made the Kerala High Court wanted to enquire into the matter whether the Makarajyothi is a man-lit or a celestial one. So Kerala High Court requested Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to clarify the issues related with Makarajyothi of whether Makarajyothi at Sabarimala is celestial or man-made? M. Rajagopalan Nair of Travancore Devaswom Board in a reporters meet today accepted and declared that the Makarajyothi of Sabarimala Temple was a man-lit fire and he added that most of the hindu believers knows about this fact earlier. He added that he don't want to get interferred into the beliefs behind it. It has now been stated that a square platform is used to light the fire at the hill-top of the Sannidhanam. There is a belief that on olden days, the people who used to dwell around Ponnambalamedu used to light the fire on Makaravilkku day at Ponnambalamedu and this practice was continued to be a practice even after they vacated the place.
More over the discussion went on other issues of the temple whether the temple should remain opened throughout the year to avoid rush. But upon discussion they came up to a opinion that if it were kept open through out the year, it would be against the traditions and belief of the temple. Regarding broadening of holy 18 steps of Sabarimala Temple they informed that the alteration of holy 18 steps could not be taken into consideration as it was against the principles of temple design (based on Vasthu) and more over some divinity is closely associated to this. The President of TDB, the temple high priest Kandararu Rajivaru and Kannipayur Narayanan Namboothri the Vasthu expert were present at the time of meeting.
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