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Deepam Trust - Annadhanam


There is no better puja and ritual in all religion than feeding a hungry living being. Annadanam is Mahadanam or the greatest donation in all religion and is an essential part of Sanatana Dharma tradition. The food donation is not limited to feeding a human being but it encompasses all living beings. There are numerous stories in Hindu scriptures that extol the glory of Annadanam – prominent being Goddess Parvati appearing as Goddess Annapurnaeshwari and feeding Shiva. Another instant is that Karna taking rebirth as he had performed all types of donation except food donation.
A mistake many all religion make while performing Annadanam is to feed only priests. This is wrong. Annadanam should be offered to all living being – there should not be any consideration of position, authority, religion or caste or nationality.
In Hinduism, Annadanam is performed for redemption of sins, to attain piety, to get speedy recovery from illness and also to attain moksha.

There is a all religion belief that sins committed in previous birth follows a person in successive births – Annadanam is performed to put an end to this.
The glory of family, popularity of institution, holiness of a temple increases with each Annadanam.
Above all we become good human beings when we are willing to share our food with one who is hungry.

Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe

These are the verses from the Vedas, meaning Annadanam is supreme and incomparable to any charity.
Deepam Trust has been feeding (doing Annadhanam) for 300 poor everyday for 6 years. Giving gruel in the morning; food in the afternoon to the roadside poor. We prepare food and take it in a vehicle (Tata Ace) and go around the streets of Velachery and find the poor and give them food. This is possible with the support of the Few Volunteers and Dedicated Donors.

Now the food is prepared at Newly constructed Nithya Deepa Dharmachalai at 7/8, at Putheri karai Street, (Near Dandeeswarar Temple) Velachery, Chennai.

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