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Niraputhari Festival at Sabarimala Temple

Niraputhari Festival is a unique ritual observed at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. It is the offering of first paddy to the deity. For the rituals devotees bring fresh paddy as well as threshed paddy as their offering to Lord Ayyappa.

Devotees trek the holy hills carrying bundles of paddy spikes on their head.

Lord Ayyappa is offered Naivedyam (cooked offering) made of the fresh paddy as part of the Niraputhari ritual.

The paddy spikes are also distributed as prasadam to devotees.

The festival falls in the Karkidakom month (July – August) as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.

Sahasrakalasabhishekom and Kalabhabhishekom are performed on the previous day.

The shrine opens for two days during the ritual.