lrumudi is the only travelling kit which a pilgrim carries
on his head during the pilgrimage. Only those who observe
fasting for 41 days are allowed to carry it. Without the Irumudi
one is not allowed to step onto the holy 18 steps at the Sannidhanam.
This bag is in two compartments - the Munmudi
(the front part) and the Pinmudi (the back
part) & the opening at centre. The front portion is reserved
for keeping all the puja articles and offerings to the deity
while the rear part is meant to hold the pilgrims personal
requirements for the journey.
Front portion contains Mudra bags, consisting of 2 - 3 in
numbers - one for the Ghee Coconut and the other two for the
remaining offerings. Items for Vazhipadu (offering) at the
Sannidhanam that is kept in the front compartment of the Irumudi
are as follows