Ponnambala Medu the divine place where Makaravilakku will be lit thrice after Deeparadhana to Ayappa. Makaravilakku is the holy fire which Indra (God of Heaven) passed it onto Parasurama with the help of Sage Narada. Parasurama used to offer Harathi to River Saraswathi with this holy fire and it is same fire where Amba self-immolated herself. As per the Legends, Parasurama failed to convince his friend Bheesma to marry Amba. Angered Parasurama declared war against Bheeshma and war went for years. With the interference of Devas, Parasurama withdraws from the war. With no hope, Amba sacrificed herself jumping into this hot camphor fire.
It is said that this Vedic fire which Parasurama received from Indra was in practice from 4000 B.C and it was carried by Malayar who were the followers of Parasurama.
Best places to View Makaravilakku
- Sannidhanam is the one of the best places with a good view, but this place will always be crowded.
- Pandithavalam is another place for good view
- Marakoottam, this is the place where the paths merge
- Malikappuram which is near Manimandapam is another good spot.