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WHAT IS ANNA DHANAM?

The literal translation of Anna Dhanam is “food offering” or “giving a meal”. In temples throughout India, food is offered at no charge to devotees or guests visiting the temple.

WHY IS ANNA DHANAM ESSENTIAL?

Every soul is a drop from the same ocean. Every soul is connected to their physical body. When the physical body feels hunger, the mind and soul get disturbed. When you feed a person, they will feel satisfied and happy. When the body is satisfied, the soul is satisfied. It is only by feeding a person that one can truly satisfy them. No other form of charity can do this. When someone is happy, you will also feel happy because we all come from the same Divinity. Feeding one person is considered to be equivalent to neividyam (offering of food) to the Goddess.

WHY IS ANNA DHANAM THE HIGHEST FORM OF GIVING?

When you serve or honour a person, it is considered the same as honouring God. God is in all. When you see God in each individual, and serve from the heart, this is an even more meaningful way of doing puja.

WHAT IS THE SRIPURAM ANNA POORNI MANDAPAM?

This is the dining hall in Sripuram where 5,000 people have a sit down lunch everyday from midday to 3pm. We also serve 15, 000 prasadam (blessed food) bowls from 8 am – 8pm. This is served in a bio-degradable leaf bowl.

HOW MUCH FOOD IS COOKED EACH DAY?

Over a tonne of rice as well as many vegetable dishes. We feed over 8 million people a year.

HOW IS A SOLAR KITCHEN BENEFICIAL?

Solar Kitchens are used throughout ashrams and schools in India where large amounts of food is cooked. The current technology is the best on the market and entirely produced in India – so it is cost effective. On the environmental level – solar energy is 100% non-polluting & we have so much sunshine to useĀ  !