Makara Jyothi or Makarajyoti (also known as Makara Vilakku) is the celestial lighting at Sabarimala, which takes place on day of Makar Sankranti. It is witnessed by largest number of Sabarimala Temple pilgrims every year.
Makara Jyothi is the first day of the Malayalam month of Makaram (January).
Makarajyothi is seen on the eastern side of Ponnambalamedu (Ponnambala Medu). It is believed that Lord Ayyappan asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees.
In 2018, Makara Jyothi Festival is on 14th January 2018.
Makara is the zodiac sign Capricorn. “Jyoti” means “light” in Sanskrit. Thus “Makara Jyoti” means “Light of Capricorn”.
2018 Makara Jyothi – Makara Vilakku Live Telecast and Live Streaming :
Every year Makara Jyothi is shown live on most of television channels in Kerala and some in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on 14th January 2018 from 5.00 pm onwards.
These channels include Dooradharshan Malayalam, Kairali, Asianet, Surya TV and Amrita TV.
You can see live streaming of Makara Jyothi 2018 on Indiavisionlive Website – http://www.indiavisionnewslive.com/
Asianet News will also livestream the event – http://www.asianetglobal.com/AsianetNews.aspx
2018 Sabarimala Makaravilakku Live Streaming – http://dinamalar.com/
The appearance of Makara Jyothi at Ponnambalamedu will coincide with the Maha Deeparadhanai in the temple.