The "Makam" star is one of the
most auspicious days during the period of the annual festival.Devotees
from all over the country swarm in to the temple on that day. The
ritualistic bath of "Devi" in ceremonial pond in the morning
at the sacred pond at Onakkoor far on the northern side of the Temple.
After this "Devi" accompanied by Lord Sastha on the back
of the eleven caparisoned elephants march towards the "Pooraparambhu"
the traditional vantage point where they remain till 11 a.m.
After the mid-day the door of Sanctum Sanctorum
closes. Only to re-open at 2 p.m for the "Makam Darsana".
The whole temple premises will be over crowded by devotees especially
the women folk to have a look at Devi who appears in her sacred
full-fledged splendour and glory decked in her sacred gold ornaments,
precious jewellery and innumerable garlands. It is a resplendent
vision. This is exactly the form of vision which Villwamangalam
Swamiyar was believed to have had when he faced westward after the
"Prathishta" (installation) of Kizhukkavu Bhagavathy,
Chottanikkara Devi appears at this moment clad in glittering clothes
brilliant ornaments and fine jewellery with her four arms bearing
varam, Abhayam, Shank and Chakram (Offering gift and refuge) to
her ardent devotees. It is fervently believed that Darsanam at this
moment will result in the fulfillment of all prayers and cherished
desires. It is fervently believed that those who gain "Darsana"
at this crucial "Mithuna Lagna" , will be blessed with
the fulfilment of their long standing desire and prayers.
A statement by the executive officer of
the devaswom said that in many calendars the `Makam thozal day'
had been indicated to fall in March. This statement was to clarify
the ambiguity about the festival dates and to help devotees reach
the temple on the correct date.