1.Practice simple living & absolute cleanliness
2.Abstinence from all kinds of vices
4. recite ayyapa sanara ghosham & do puja twice a day,
5. Think only about Ayyapa & avoid any entertainment( tv, party etc) other than ayyappa related pooja/Bhajans etc.
6. Be Kind to all living beings & help as many of them as possible
Besides these we follow rules like don’t shave, cut hair( so that every one from millionaire to ultra poor looks the same to ayyapa in sannidhaam),avoid onion, garlic(as they are aphrodisiacs), sleep on floor etc. the belief ..