In welcoming the auspicious month of Thai in the Tamil calendar, the Ayyappan temple in Batu Caves had successfully organised their Magara Jyothi Thiruvizha. This religious event, which was inaugurated by Minister Gobind Singh Deo, was attended by more than a thousand ardent devotees. It was during this auspicious ceremony that the main event of giving charity to welfare children was organized.
Forty Indian students from Bala’s Welfare Home received RM 8,016 from the Batu Cave’s Ayyappan Temple administration. This donation is intended for the children to spend on new uniforms, book bags, and school shoes. The presentation of the donation to the person in charge of Bala’s Welfare Home was done jointly by Gobind Singh Deo and the chairperson of the Ayyappan Temple administrator, Yuvaraaja.
Ayyappan is closely associated with the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, attracting devotees from various parts of the world, including Malaysia, who embark on a pilgrimage to this sacred site. Practicing stringent vows and rituals, his followers embody principles of devotion, discipline, and equality. Throughout the pilgrimage, the mantra “Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa” echoes as pilgrims seek blessings for spiritual growth and a life guided by virtue.