The most important festival of sabarimala temple is Makara
Vilakku. It is a seven-day festival commencing on the day
of Makara sankranthi,the day which the sun is in summer solstice.
It was on this auspicious day, the idol of Dharma Sastha was
enshrined in the temple. The annual celebration of makara
vilaku is commemorative of the sacred event.
The jewellery to adorn the Diety on the occasion of
the festival is brought from Pandalam Palace in a ceremonial
procession which starts from Valiya Koyikkal Sastha Temple
at Pandalam three days prior to Makara Sankranti. The boxes
containing the sacred jewellery are placed on the head of
an oracle. He appears to be oblivious on his physical existence
and marches on dancing hysterically. Still the boxes remain
on his head as if glued there. Relaxing in a few temples enroute
the procession reaches Sabaripettam in the evening on the
crucial day. The procession reaches Sabaripettam in the evening
on the crucial day.The procession is accorded a ceremonial
welcome and led to sannidhanam accompanied by lights and music.
Curiously enough, a kite appears in the sky and hovers around
the boxes of jewellery.