Makara Jyothi & Makara Vilakku

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Difference - Makara Jyothi & Makara Vilakku

Makarajyothi which is the appearance of the Cyrus star in the Sky. "Makara Jyoti" means "Light of Capricorn". Makara Jyothi is worshiped as part of ritual in Sabarimala Temple on Makara Sankranti on 14 January every year. Makara Vilakku is part of a religious ritual that is practised by the tribes in the forest of Ponnambalamedu. Popular mythical belief is that the Makara Vilakku is lit in commemoration of the aarathi performed by Dev rishis and Devas at the time of revelation of His Divine form by Manikantan.

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Difference - Makara Jyothi & Makara Vilakku
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Story of Ayyappa - Deity of Sabarimala

Ayyappan is a Hindu deity worshiped in a number of shrines across southern India Ayyappa is known as "Harihara sudhan" because he is the son of Hari (Vishnu) the Saviour and Haran (Shiva) the destroyer.

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Story of Ayyappa - Deity of Sabarimala
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Finding the infant

Raja Rajasekhara ruled the kingdom of Pandalam. During one of his hunting expeditions, the Raja was puzzled to hear the wails of a child on the banks of the river Pampa, and was surprised to find an infant there.

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Finding the infant
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Naming the baby 'Manikanta'

The beautiful baby with radiant face wore a bell around his neck. The King had no children. He accepted the child as God's gracious response to his prayer for an heir to his throne. He named him ‘Manikanta’ because when the king found him, there was a mani (bell) tied around his neck.

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Naming the baby 'Manikanta'
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Teen Years

Manikantan grew into a boy well versed in academic lore and martial arts.

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Teen Years
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Birth of a Son

Meanwhile the Rani gave birth to a son. The King regarded Manikantan as his elder son. He decided to crown him as the Yuvaraja.

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Birth of a Son
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Conspiracy against Manikantan

The King's corrupt Minister had a deep dislike for Manikantan, and made the innocent Queen believe that the kingdom actually belonged to her son. They conspired to get rid of Manikantan by hook or crook. They bribed the royal physician. The Rani pretended to be afflicted with severe pain in the stomach, and the physician prescribed the milk of a tigress as the only cure.

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Conspiracy against Manikantan
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Kings dilemma

The King knew that none could be deputed for a mission that was so patently suicidal.The youthful and valiant Manikantan stepped forth and volunteered to fetch the milk and despite the worried protestations of his foster-father, he set out for the fearful forests.

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Kings dilemma
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Task completed

Days later, Manikantan entered the palace riding a fierce tigress and followed by a pack of its cubs. The schemers were frightened into confessing their nefarious plot. They now knew that Manikantan was no ordinary being. They prayed to Him to be with them for their own salvation and for the safety of the kingdom.

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Task completed
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Sabarimala

Filled with happiness, wonder and self-surrender, the king prayed for the blessings of Manikantan. The Lord shot an arrow and told the King that he could construct a temple at Sabarimala, north of the holy river Pampa, where the arrow fell, and install His idol there. The King duly constructed the temple at Sabarimala, dedicated to Him.

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Sabarimala
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