“Jyoti” means “light” in Sanskrit. Thus “Makara Jyoti” means “Light of Capricorn”. Makara Jyothi is the first day of the Malayalam month of Makaram (January). Makarajyothi is seen on the eastern side of Ponnambalamedu (Ponnambala Medu).
It is believed that Lord Ayyappan asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees. The appearance of Makara Jyothi at Ponnambalamedu will coincide with the Maha Deeparadhanai in the temple.
In 2018, Makara Jyothi Festival is on 14th January 2018.
2018 Makara Jyothi – Makara Vilakku Live Telecast and Live Streaming :
Every year Makara Jyothi is shown live on most of television channels in Kerala and some in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on 14th January 2018 from 5.00 pm onwards. These channels include Dooradharshan Malayalam, Kairali, Asianet, Surya TV and Amrita TV.