The Gandhingar based devotees of Lord Ayyappa, with a view to catering to the religious, spiritual, social, educational, and cultural needs of the residents of Gandhinagar, in general, established the Gandhinagar Ayyappa Pooja Samiti in 1970 as a Charitable Trust in Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.
Since then, the Mandala Poojas (Nov. 16/17 to Jan. 14 every year) were being performed with Bhajanas at the residents of devotees and the Makaravilakku Pooja being spiritually and ceremoniously performed on 14th January every year with flamboyant religious procession accompanied by traditional musical accompaniments originating from Panchdev temple and terminating at a particular common plot in Sector 17, to be followed by various rituals and poojas. Right from the beginning, the Samiti was relentlessly striving to have its own premise and a small temple to facilitate worship of Lord Ayyappa by the resident devotees of Gandhinagar. Here is a brief retrospect about the origin of the Temple.
The Temple is being run with customary daily poojas and ceremonies connected therewith and this divine place has proved to be a boon to the devotees, not only of Gandhinagar, but also of neighbouring areas. In front of the Main Temple Building, is an “Aanakkottil”, juxtapose to which a “Bhajana Mandapam (Seva Panthal)” is also situated. For performing Annadanam and other functions of the Temple, a two storied Hall is constructed in the campus of the Temple.
As per the Vedic tradition and requirement, on completion of 10 years of the PRANA PRATISHTA, the “PUNAH PRATISHTA” of the Shrines was performed in June, 2012 after carrying out necessary renovation of the “Shree Kovils”, based on the advice of temple architect Shri Kanippayyoor Krishnan Namboothiripad and Vastu Expert of Kerala Shri Vezhapparampu Namboothiri. Accordingly, since 2013, the annual celebration of the temple is being organized on the “PUNAH PRATISHTA” day with the same content and devotion as was being done till 2011 to commemorate the Prana Pratishta anniversary.