Makara Jyothi is the "Uthram" star worshiped by the pilgrims. The main worshipping rituals are performed at the day of Makara Sankaranthi (every 14 January) day. It draws the second largest number of pilgrims in the country. The devotees believe that witnessing the light brings them good luck and divine blessings.
Makara Vilaku is the fire lit of top of the Ponambala Medu by Travancore Devaswom board, ealier it is believe wrongly that this is Jyothi and it comes all by itself(by the power of Lord Ayyappa). It is also said that Makara Vilaku is lit by Tribals on Ponambala Medu as a tribute/worship to Lord ayyappa, even today Travancore Devaswom board has to do it with the help of tribals