Makaravilakku is a grand annual festival celebrated in Sabarimala on the day of Makara Sankranti. It is reported that this festival attracts over half a million pilgrims each year. January 14 is celebrated as the Makaravilakku. On this auspicious day the idol of Lord Ayyappa enshrined in the temple is adorned with regal jewels. The festival begins with the Thiruvabharanam Procession (Jewels Procession) and the jewels are brought to the temple from the Pandalam Palace. Each year thousands of devotees line up for the grand procession in the temple. The grand gala reaches the main temple with pomp and funfair. The seven days long festival ends with the ritual named 'Guruthi’, performed to appease the gods and goddesses of forests. An auspicious polar star known as Makara Star appears in the sky on this day. Makaravilakku ensures spiritual gratification of your senses and ensures that you go home truly purified in your mind, soul and body.
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