Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: 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