The 18 Holy Steps - PatinettampadiOm Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa
At first it was granite stone of 5 to 6 feet wide. Now it is covered by Panchloha in the year 1985. The vertical steps are so significant and blessed no one can scale them without fasting for 41 days and carrying the holy irrumudi bag on head.
The Patinettampadi can be used only twice - once for climbing the temple and once for downward below leaving the hill. Before climbing or downward the steps, pilgrims break coconut as an offering to the steps. One needs to have the sacre Irumudi bag on head while going up or down the 18 steps. While downward the steps the devotees climb down backwards facing the sanctum sanctorum.
Arulmigu Ananda Ayyappan Temple
(Sri Ramakrishna Iyer Ayyappa Baktha Sabai),
Pattabiraman Kovil Street, Aruppukottai - 626101
Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu, India
+91 9443418999, 9865128511, 9962511010