MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar:  The Malayalee community consisting of Lord Ayyappa devotees had on Wednesday organized an 'Ayyappa Jyoti' procession at Sector 1 in Gandhinagar. The idea behind the event was to raise awareness about protecting the age-old traditions of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

Invitations sent out by the Malayalee community to Keralites living in Gandhinagar saw a great response as Malayalee families and devotees converged at Gayatri Temple near CH Road at Sector 1 in the evening and lit lamps forming the Ayyappa Jyoti.

Similar procession and events were held at 25 other cities of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot.

Sabarimala Temple is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. As per the age-old tradition of the temple, one had to observe a 41-day austerity vow in order to visit the shrine which opens only during the months of January and December. Women of menstruating age aren't allowed in the temple, a tradition that was challenged in the Supreme Court and the ban overturned earlier this year. Malayalee community and devotees of Lord Ayyappa have held Ayyappa Jyoti across the country with the idea of withholding of the age-old traditions of the shrine.