Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Makara Jyothi

Makara Jyothi

  • Makara Jyothi is a man-lit fire which appears like a celestial star from the Sabarimala Temple and surrounding areas on the day of Makar Samkranti (Winter solstice).

  • Its vision is considered as auspicious by the Hindus.

  • The Supreme Court has declined to entertain a writ petition for a direction to the Travancore Devaswom Board to stop lighting the Makara Jyothi at Ponnambalamedu on Makaravilakku day in January every year, as it is not a miracle but man-made fire.

  • CJI told petitioner that he should approach the Kerala High Court as three similar petitions were already pending there.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India