The visit becomes incomplete and
purpose unfulfilled, if the significance and procedure of Suchindram Pratyayam is not
properly understood. The ordeal is conducted with an elaborate procedure and that too in full public
gaze. The accused to prove his innocence has to obtain a letter of authorization from the highest
authority for undergoing the ordeal at Suchindram. The yogakkar-the official in charge, on receiving it
fixes the time and intimates to the concerned parties. They are certain ceremonies to be observed
before commencement. The accused along with servants have to observe fast on
that day. The parties and spectators assemble at the Udaya Marthanda Mandapam.
After several rituals to God, ghee is
boiled to such a high pitch that the bark and leaf of the Konnayadi tree makes cracking sound when thrown
into the boiling ghee vessel. The accused is made to dip his hand in the boiling ghee and take out the
seal kept in it. If on the third day there are no wounds or blisters on hand, the accused is acquitted:
else he is guilty and becomes social outcast.