Significance Of Annadhanam

Among all the forms of charity, Annadhanam is considered as an act of highest virtue. All the other human needs like clothes, shelter, and education impact only the quality of life but the food impacts the life itself. The food is a source of joy. Share it with others and the joy multiplies.  

While Bhoodhan, Godhan, Vastradhan and Vidyadhan can be performed only by person of wealth, Annadhanam is within every one’s reach. It entails simply sharing one’s meals with the fellow beings. The food is also the easiest way through which a living being can be fully and instantly satisfied. The stomach is the home of fire element which is one among the five panchabhutas. This fire is can be doused by food alone.

If you consider the fire in the belly as a yagna and food as the oblation. the food consumed by a person becomes aahuti to the Lord who resides within, as the bhokta. Such an attitude would, undoubtedly, elevate the routine event like eating into a spiritual exercise.

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Request for Annadhanam Sign-up at Parashakthi Temple

Every Saturday after Abhisekham for Sri Venkateshwara devotees are served prasadam after offering it to the Lord. Please take advantage of the opportunity to make Annadhanam. Please for further information.

The word Annadhanam in Sanskrit literally means offering or sharing food. The importance of food is stressed in ancient scriptures including Vedas and Upanishads. The Dharma Sastra regards the guest as a ‘deity’ (Athithi Devo Bhava).This is in keeping with the worldwide belief among ancient society that god may move upon the earth in human guise and that one should therefore regard fellow beings with almost courtesy, respect and hospitality, including the offering of food. Annadhanam is conducted with this principle in mind.

What is required:

• Food for approximately 75 people.

• Need to deliver by 11 am. (VERY IMPORTANT)

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