Makara Jyothi to be seen only from Sabari

Deccan Chronicle - - Nation - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Makara Jyothi ap­pear­ing at Pon­nam-bal­amedu on Mon­day at around 6.40 pm, mark­ing the end of a two-month long Man­dala-Makar­avi­laku sea­son, can be watched only from the Sabari­mala San­nid­hanam this year.

All con­ven­tional view­points have been set up in San­nidanam ex­cept the hill­top at Pampa.

In view of the ex­ten­sive dam­age in Pampa and ad­ja­cent ar­eas due to floods, the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion has barred pil­grims from climb­ing the Pampa hill­top to see the Makara Jyothi. Hence, the usual rush of pil­grims at Pampa this sea­son is go­ing to be ab­sent on Mon­day. Usu­ally as many as seven points in­clud­ing Pan­dithavalam, Thiru­mut­tom, Jyothi Medu,and Saramkuthy were used by pil­grims to watch Makara Jyothi.

Tra­van­core Devaswom Board pres­i­dent A. Pad­maku­mar said all ar­range­ment have been made in San­nidanam to han­dle pil­grim crowds.

Talk­ing to re­porters at the San­nidanam, the TDB pres­i­dent said that the plan to let pil­grims travel for free from next Vishu on­wards from Ni­lakkal to Pampa was on the anvil.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion in this re­gard will be taken after dis­cus­sions with the gov­ern­ment. There is no anx­i­ety about re­duc­tion in rev­enue since the gov­ern­ment will of­fer sup­port,” he said.

The High Court ap­pointed ob­server com­mit­tee has also ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the ar­range­ments in San­nidanam | for watch­ing Makara Jyothi.

P.R. Ra­man, one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers told re­porters that they would sub­mit a re­port to the court sug­gest­ing changes that need to be ef­fected by next sea­son.

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