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Old January 20th, 2011, 05:07 AM
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I hope echarchan's are aware about this divine light that appears in sky during makara sankranti at sabarimala in kerala. It is actually the star as explained below, but somehow the man-lit fire got more popular than the star. read on...

Govt will not probe veracity of Makarajyothi

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 20 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today ruled out any probe to check the veracity of ''Makarajyothi'', considered a celestial light by Ayyappa devotees, in the wake of the stampede that claimed the lives of 102 Sabarimala pilgrims.
The Government is not going to inquire whether it is a divine phenomenon or a man-lit exercise as essentially the whole issue was a matter of faith for millions, Achuthanandan told reporters here.
"The Government is neither going to consult astrologers nor scientists to ascertain the veracity of Makarajyothi, which millions believe is divine and throng the hill shrine with intense desire to see it", he said.
''Makarajyothi'' is a light that flickers across the skies above Ponnambalamedu, east of the Sabarimala shrine during the ''Makarasamkramam,'' pooja of the hill shrine, marking the culmination of the two-month pilgrimage season from mid-November.
It was during the Makarajyothi on January 14 that the worst-ever Sabarimala pilgrimage tragedy had occurred when home-bound pilgrims were caught in a stampede at Pullumedu.
Traditionally, the celestial light is held in high reverence by believers as a divine phenomenon but rationalists have for long dubbed it as a man-lit fire arranged by the temple authorities and government agencies.
The debate over the issue has re-surfaced in the wake of the Pullumedu stampede last week.
A member of the family of high priests of Sabarimala, Rahul Eswar has said the light appearing above is man-lit while the actual Makarajyothi is a bright star that ascends across the skies on the occasion of Makarasamkramam, the time when the sun moves from ''dhanu rasi'' (Sagittarius sign) to ''Makaram rasi'' (Capricorn).

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Re: Govt will not probe veracity of Makarajyothi

cleverly, he does not say if anything is goign to be done to avoid such an incident happening again - or perhaps nobody is interested in asking him that!
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Re: Govt will not probe veracity of Makarajyothi

elections are due in kerla in may. no one will dare to say anything against makarjyoti, people don't care stampede and politicians dont care about people

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Very true jeet bhai, politicans care only about the next election...!
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