AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday declared as "vegetarian zones" a 500-metre area surrounding the famous pilgrimage sites of Somnath temple in Saurashtra and Ambaji temple in north Gujarat.
The announcement was made by Rupani at a gathering in Palanpur in Banaskantha district, around 145 km from here.
The move means that non-vegetarian food, such as meat and chicken, cannot be sold near the premises of these two temples.
While the Somnath temple is in Gir-Somnath district, the Ambaji temple is in Banaskantha district.
"I hereby declare a 500-metre area surrounding the pilgrimage places -- Somnath and Ambaji -- as vegetarian zones. From now on, there will be a total ban on selling non-vegetarian food in these areas," Rupani told the gathering.
Several religious outfits and the residents of these pilgrimage centres had been demanding such a measure since long.
Both the temples are top religious sites for Hindus, attracting pilgrims from all over the country as well as abroad.