Pampa is the most important and holy spot on the way to Sannidhanam.
It is here Lord Ayyappa was found by King Rajasekara. The Pampa river is as holy
as the Ganges. The Pampa water purifies one from curse and evil.
Pampa Annadhanam (feast) and Pampa Vilakku are important rituals followed at the Pampa
bank. Pilgrim groups prepare feast with the provisions taken from the Irumudi of
the pilgrims. Thousands of pilgrims are fed at Pampa. When a group of pilgrims are
ready to fed the fellow pilgrims they display a large papad outside their cottage.
It is usually the kanniswamy who are fed first, as they are considered to be Lord
Ayyappan himself. After the feast the Guru is honoured by pilgrims prostrating him
and offering him the Gurudakshina.
Kanni Ayyappas move from kitchen to kitchen collecting the ashes which are
considered to be very sacred. It is done with the belief that Lord Ayyappa would
have had the feast in one of the cottages in the disguise of a pilgrim. The ash is
taken home as prasad.