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Padi Puja, or the puja of the Pathinettam Padi, is performed in the evening on certain days at the temple. Thousands of people wait patiently to witness this important puja
Earlier Padi puja was performed once in 12 years. But due to the large number of demands from Ayyappa devotees to conduct the puja, it is now conducted during the monthly puja on the first five days of the Malayalam month. It also performed during other auspicious days. Due to heavy rush of devotees the Padi puja is restricted to very few days during the Mandala Makaravilakku season.
Padi puja is also one of the costliest pujas at the