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Malayidal

Every pilgrim to Sabarimala has to follow the practices (vratam) for 41 days. Mandala Vritham starts of by wearing beads (mala) made of “Mandara drumam” or “Rudrasham” or “Palungu” with a locket of Sri Ayyappa or a bell. The ritual is usually done in any Hindu temple in the presence of a “Guru swamy”. Though this function can be performed on any day, Saturday or Uthram day is considered as the most holy day for this “malayidil.

From the time a devotee wear an Ayyappa mala, he is called an Ayyappan and has to follow a holy life. He should be a vegetarian and practice abstinence during the vritham period.