Devotees visiting the
The Mantra chanted while wearing the Ayyappa Mala is
Jnaanamudraam shaastrumudraam gurumudraam namaamyaham
Vanamudraam shuddhamudraam rudramudraam namaamyaham
Shaantamudraam satyamudraam vratamudraam namaamyaham
Shabaryaashrama satyena mudraam paatu sadaapi mae
Gurudakshinayaa poorvam tasyaanugraha kaarine
Sharanaagata mudraakhyam tvan mudraam dhaarayaamyaham
Chinmudraam khechareemudraam bhadramudraam namaamyaham
Shabaryaachala mudraayai namastubhyam namo namaha
Ayyappa malas are usually made of Rudraksha beads, Tulsi, Pavizham (small gem stones), Raktha Chandanam, Uduppi Tulsi, or Black Pavizham. A devotee chooses a particular mala of his liking. The most preferred is the one made from Rudraksha beads.
Upon returning home after Ayyappa Darshan, the mala is removed after chanting the following Mantra
Shatrumudrat Mahadeve Dehi me Vrata mocchanam
There are also people who wear the Mala for 41 days or till the end of the Makaravillakku on January 14.