Lord Ayyappa’s iconography commonly presents him holding a bow and arrow in his left hand, with a bow or sword in his right hand, slanting across his lithe thigh. In some depictions, especially in paintings, he assumes a yogic posture, adorned with a bell around his neck, and occasionally depicted riding a tiger.
Lord Ayyappa consistently appears adorned with armlets, necklaces, crowns, bracelets, a gem-studded waistband, and a chest cincture. He is perpetually depicted as youthful, exuding a sense of passion and intensity that symbolizes boundless youthful energy and the determination to achieve victory and success. At times, he is portrayed in white attire, symbolizing purity and honor, underscoring his noble mission to rescue a woman in need of his aid.