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  • Wear simple, neat, freshly washed clothes.

  • Maintain humility, reverence, attentiveness and concentration to the maximum extent possible.

  • Since the entire temple is awash with a divine aura, do not enter the compound dressed in unclean clothes. Nor should you litter the ground with garbage or waste materials.

  • Chanting of God’s name and godly thoughts are useful in maintaining purity of body, mind, emotion and speech.

  • During the entire period of worship, keep silence and think only of God. Silent chanting of manthras, sthothras, keerthanas, etc. will be helpful in this. Chanting the name ‘Narayana’ alone need be audible.

  • First obtain darshan and blessings of the minor deities outside before worshippinjg the principal deities.

  • Enter the temple through the pathway on the darshan side (east). After completing your pradakshinas, namaskarams and prayers, exit the chuttambalam using the northern pathway. It is sinful to exit the temple through the darshan side passage (on the eastern side).

  • During their worship, women should keep their hair firmly tied. It is not decorous to obtain darshan or do pradakshinas with their hair undone or in disarray. Women need not do sashtanganamaskaram (prostration with the full body flat on the ground - the way men are expected to do). They may pray with their knees bent under them, and head bowed in humility.

  • Do your salutations with your head raised and turned to the north or south towards the crest of the sreekovil and the carrier atop the flagmast.

  • After completing your worship, sit down calmy and quietly for a few minutes on the raised platform around the gopuram or the bunyan tree.

  • Do not prostrate on the sopanam steps of the sreekovil.

  • The Thanthri and the Melsanthi alone are eligible to use the namaskaramandapam, and perform namaskarams on it.

  • When Nivedyapooja is in progress, devotees are not allowed to enter the Nalambalam.

  • Do not worship standing straight in front of the deity. Move a little to the side and worship from an angle.

  • Follow the instructions of the Devaswom officials when there is a large crowd of devotees in the temple. These officials can also be approached for guidance on temple etiquettes and code of conduct.

  • Inside the Nalambalam, you may chant the sacred name ’Narayana’ audibly. Do not indulge yourself in idle chat or talk aloud to fellow devotees.

  • Do not enter the temple wearing shirt, vest or lungi, or with soiled, unwashed clothes, or in a physically impure condition.

  • Do not enter the temple compound or the Nalambalam under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs.

  • Always show respect to the Thanthri and the Melsanthi.

  • Accept the temple’s theertha and prasadas (flowers, sandalwood paste, kumkum, etc.) with reverence and take them home. Do not throw them away carelessly in the temple compound or elsewhere.