Ghee coconut:The actual journey to Šabarimala commences with the Pallikettu or Irumudi kattu ceremony in which the pilgrim fills with utmost devotion, a drained and dried coconut with ghee (clarified butter) as guided by Guruswami.
The melted butter represents “soul” which is always transparent and pure whereas coconut represents “physical body” which contains impurities also. By taking the Irumudi with coconut filled with ghee, it symbolizes the submission of both body and soul to Lord Ayyappa.
Concept of Erumudi kattu:The pilgrim carries the irumudi or a cloth bag with two pouches on his head. As the name suggests it is a bundle of 2 bundles. Iru means two, mudi means pouch and kettu means knot or bundle. It is a two compartment bundle carried on the head by the pilgrims/devotees of Lord Ayyappan at Sabarimala. Irumudi is the travel kit of the devotee to the temple. This has to be carried only by those who observe the austerities or vratha of 41 days. Those who had the vratha with the Irumudi kettu only are allowed to proceed to the Sannidhanam (place of worship) at Sabarimala climbing the 18 padi kettu (18 steps stair).
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