AdiSankaracharya in his stothram praising Annapurna, the personification of plentiful food, says:
Annapurna Devi, Goddess of Plenty, you are Lord Shiva’s eternal Consort, give us alms together with wisdom.’
The Annadaanam has gained its own importance mainly because; humans can be satisfied only in this. Also, this dhaanam specifies the significance of hunger and poverty.
GajaturagaSahasram | Gokulamkotidanam |
Kanaka Rajathapatram | Methinisagarantham |
Upayakulavishuttam | Kotikanyapradanam |
Nahinahibahudanam| Annadanamsamanam ||
Meaning: Even if one gifts 1000 elephants, horses or gifts 10 million cows or any number of silver and gold, gifts the entire land till sea, offering the entire services of the clan, helps in the marriage of 10 million women, all this is never never equal to Annadhaanam (Poor Feeding)
The above particular sloka has over lighted, but why??? Just to turn the minds towards the ANNADHANA.
How do we Feed Every Day ?
Nithya Deepa Dharumachalai (which functions under Deepam Trust) for the past 21 years, has permanent sponsors on most of the days. Only few days we may not have sponsors. Expenses for the rest of the days are made up by the Trust’s funds. We have never stopped, even a single day, serving food because of the lack of sponsors.
Most of the sponsors contribute on their Birth Days, Wedding Days or Special Days. Some of them sponsors rice bags.
Our Nithya Deepa Dharumachalai at Velachery, which functions on a leased place will be very active till 3 p.m. We start preparing gruel, kanji, in the morning at 5oClock; we start feeding the poor coming with hungry stomach. Most of the days ‘thogaiyal’ will be given for the kanji; if not we will give pickles.
Kanji is being given every day through 19 Dharumachalais in different parts of the State.
In the meantime, because of summer we started giving butter milk at 11oclock atDandeeswaram Temple, Velachery for hundreds of people every day.
Then Annadhana will be prepared for hundreds of poor with white rice, sambar, rasam, poriyal or kootu, more, pickles and banana. Once in a week we give special food with vada and payasam irrespective of availability of sponsor.
We serve stomachful of food who come with hungry stomach at Dharumachalai and food is also served through Annadhana Vehicle (Tata Ace – Sponsored by Shri MedaNithyananda, Dindigul).
Dharumachalai cleaning process, vessels cleaning process will take till 3 p.m.
A permanent (own) place location at Headquarters at Velachery would help us to do still more social activities though this has yet to materialise.