Makarajyothi/ Fire costs 3000 crore.?

Posted: January 25, 2011 in pOSts


2_achuthanandan by ashokha
Ponnambala medu is a big open land trees are removed.  there is a platform for lighting a lamp.  a check post to stop the pilgrims to go there so that then they will know the secret.

ponnambala medu by ashokha

They have given three examples (year 2010,2011 and 1990) of the planetary position for reference.   Other years will also be only like that.  As star Thiruvathirai in GEMINI is a brightest one it will be visible easily in the east during sunset particularly in the month January (mahara masam).   It is pity with people with poor knowledge about astronomy as they can be cheated easily.

jupiter in aquarius (kumbam) which is visible after sunset in jan 2010

planets 14 by ashokha
jupiter in pisces (meenam) which is visible after sunset in jan 2011
planets 14 by ashokha

jupiter in gemini (mithunam) which is visible in east after sunset in jan 1990

planets 14 by ashokha
in 1990 jupiter and the star THIRUVATHIRAI would be seen in january 15 on the makarajothi day.

On the eve of January 14th 2008, I got a chance to witness the Makaravilakku, ( Don’t mess it with Makarajyothy, which is  the celestial light  worshiped by the pilgrims, on the day of Makara Sankaranthi). And this is  about Makaravilakku, the man made “divine” fire with the  tight security of police), The mean time the myth is revealed by the Sabarimala thanthri himself, I think this scribblings won’t be unbelievable.

Ponnambalamedu, where the camphor blocks are lighted is just 4Km away from the Sabarimala temple,(see the map above). it is a really beautiful place with grass-caped hills and shola forests. For the makaravilakku ,at ponnambalamedu there is a permanent concrete platform and a big watch tower .This place is very near to Kochupamba ,where the Power substation is situated, Amidst the dense forest, The  settlements are the Substation,Dam ,KSEB inspection bungalows and tribal colony.Sabarimala is powered from this substation situated in kochupamba. Kochupamba is serene beautiful place which is about 35km away from main highway to Sabarimala. Traversing the entire path across thick forest to Kochupamba is unforgettable. you can see the roads(colored red) to both Sabarimala (also see the secret road way directly reaches to Sannidanam -VIP’s come through this way with high security).The most notable thing is the jeep track ends near to Ponnambalamedu. Every year before the makaravilakku, this road is cleaned and cleared for  the Travancore Devasom Board and police to reach there. Ponnambalamedu is at an elevation of 1170m above MSL, where as Sabarimala is just 544m. The view of Sannidhanam from Ponnambalamedu is disrupting,just like a city inside the thick,calm forest.

A shot from inside the jeep,on the way to kochu pamba
The way to Ponnambalamedu Hill from Kochupampa
The concrete platform for Makaravilakku at Ponnambalamedu.

The Day before the Makaravilikku,  Amazingly,even the modern technologies for communication are there,They were still using the AIR transmission for the timing of the “vilakku” . They have been busy with fine tuning the transistor radio for the next day, proceedings. The TATA SUMO of TDB contained a pile of camphor,sacks,kerosene etc was  parking in front of the IB.

TDB vehicle Loaded with kerosene,Camphor,sacks etc |January 14th at the front of KSEB IB,kochupampa


On the morning January 14, the team consisting of three jeeps of armed police started roaming.But they didn’t enter to the Ponnambalamedu. After lunch,from the KSEB canteen at Kochupamba, the team started at 3:00′clock to Ponnambalamedu.

The forest check post to ponnambalamedu, near the kochupamba dam

The adventure….

Locals,the Adivasis and the officials had the interest to see the fake play. Usually they trek to the hills near to Ponnambalamedu. I also got involved in this team.Half an hour trekking through the forest gave the scene of the mighty hill.( see the picture below).They seated there with a radio.

One the eve of Jan 14, we started to ponnamabalamedu through the grass caped hills
Waiting for the "vilakku"..
Waiting for the “vilakku”



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