Painkuni Uthram Festival in Sabarimala

25/10/2011 Festivals

The day of Ayyappa’s birth is also known as Makara Vilakku day, the first day of Makaram, Utharayanam or Krishna Paksha under the star Uthram. Those who are born on this auspicious day are believed to be divya purushas of 64 kalas, blessed with great potential and promise. Lord Ayyappa believed to be born on the Uthram day of the month Meenam which usually, the beginning of the temple festival at Sabarimala. The main festivals other than the Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are Painkuni (Meenam) Uthram – the birth day of Lord Ayyappa, Meda Vishu (April 14), Prathishta Dinam (Idol installation day), Niraputhari, Onam and Sreechithira Aattathirunaal. Lord Ayyappa believed to be born on the Uthram day of the month Meenam which usually falls in the middle of March every year. Sabarimala opens for one day to conduct special Poojas on that day

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