On sunset pilgrim believe that Lord Ayyappan will be present at the banks of Pampa
and the cottages are decorated with lights and candles. Small floats are decorated
with lights called Pampa Vilakku are let in the Pampa river.
The next morning after a dip in the cold Pampa river and
performing pitru tarpanam (offering to ones departed soul)
the pilgrims start their ascent towards the hill Neelimala
after worshipping at the temple of Lord Ganapathi,
Lord Rama (avathar of Balaji) and Lord Hanuman. On the foot of the Neeli
hill is the representative of the King of Pandalam. The pilgrims offer their
respects to the representative. After seeking the permission of the representative
to visit the shrine of Lord Ayyappa they proceed with their journey. From here the
Sannidhanam is about 6 km. The neeli hill is as difficult as the Azhutha and
Karimala. The top of Neeli hill is called Appachi medu. Here there are two abysses -
Appachi kuzhi and Ippachi kuzhi. Kanniswamy throw rice balls here to calm down the
evil spirits present around the place. From this point the ground is almost even.
Some distance from here is the Sabari peetam.