One important fact that authorities quite often
fail to inform the devotees about this offering is that the
neyyabhishekom is performed only till the ucha puja (special
puja at noon). Abhishekoms are also perfomed with milk, tender
coconut water, water, honey, vibhoothi (sacred ash), sandal
paste, flower, etc.
The pushpabhishekom is performed only after deeparadana. Flowers
are brought by the devotees. At times, pilgrims from Tamil
Nadu bring along truckloads of flowers of various hues.
OFFERINGS TO KOCHU KADUTHA, VAVAR AND OTHER GODS
Ganjai, (a rare variety of plantain used only for rituals), malaru (broiled paddy)
and jagri are offered to Kochu Kadutha Swamy, believed to one of the trusted lieutenants
of Lord Ayyappa during his war against dacoit king Udayan.
Pepper, incense sticks and rose water are offered to Vavru Swamy, the Muslim confidante
of the Lord.The Paanans (members of the caste by the same name who sing in temples to
please snake gods) are made to sing before the Nagaraja and Nagayakshi idols to ward
off evil spirits.