An extract on #makara
Makara, New Zealand, a rural locality on the coast of the North Island west of Wellington
Makara Guardians, a group opposed to wind-farm development at Makara in New Zealand
Makara River, Chatham Islands
Makara River, Wellington
Oleg Makara (born 1954), Slovak film director and scriptwriter
Makara (Hindu mythology), a mythical creature in Hinduism
Capricorn (astrology), in the Hindu calendar
Seven sisters who became the Pleiades in the mythology of some Aboriginal tribes in Australia
Makara (album), the third studio album released by E. S. Posthumus
Makara (magazine), a Canadian feminist arts journal, 19751978
In the Khmer language, Makara (Khmer: ) is the first month of a year, January
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Commander Makara, a fictional character in the Japanese marionette TV series X-Bomber
Makara means "charcoal" in Kikuyu, a Central Kenya language
The Sun appears to move from one zodiac constellation to another every month and the day on which Sun changes the constellation is called Sankrnti ("transit") in Sanskrit. Makara Sankranti (Sanskrit: , Malayalam: , Kannada: , Tamil: , Telugu: ) is the Suns transit into Capricorn (Makara) constellation that usually occurs on 14 January every year and is a very important Hindu festival celebrated all over India in various forms. Uttaryaa, the six-month period when the sun travels towards the north on the celestial sphere, starts on Makara Sankranti and ends on Karka Sankranti (around July 14).
One of the places where a large number of devout Hindus reach on 14 January for worship is Sabarimala located in thick rain forests of Kerala.
Makara Jyothi is a star which is worshiped by pilgrims in huge numbers at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala on Makara Sankranti on 14 January every year. However many devout Hindus claim that Makara Jyothi is the celestial lighting which takes place on Makara Sankranthi day and they believe that Lord Ayyappan asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees.
Note : Makara Jyoti is not to be mistaken to Makara Vilakku. Makaravilakku is a light or flame that appears thrice on the Ponnambalamedu hill, four km away to the temple.Makara vilakku is man made.In earlier years , it was a pooja performed by tribesmen (mala arya) on the day of makarajyothi at ponnambalamedu. Now it is done by Kerala government with the support of Travancore devosom board and forest department. Kerala high court confirmed the fact. The 'Makarajyothi' or the celestial light at Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple is man-made, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) - which runs the temple in the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) - submitted to the Kerala High Court on Monday. The board told the court that since Makarajyothi is a traditional ritual, it could not be done away with. A bench comprising justices Thottathil Radhakrishnan and Shekhar allowed the board's plea to conduct deeparadhana (evening pooja) instead of Makarajyothi at Ponnambalamedu, where the light appears. The court held that in view of the board's admission about the Makarajyothi, there is no need for further investigations into the matter.