ANNA DAANAM MAHAA DAANAM [Offering of food is the best gift in the world.]is a very popular Sanskrit verse which has motivated millions of Indians to perform this divine act and in ancient India in most of the temple premises there were annadana centers.Annadanam is supreme and uncomparable out of all charities on earth. All life forces come from food and survive with food so annadanam is nothing but giving PRANA to the living beings.
There is no better puja and ritual in Hindu religion than feeding a hungry living being. Annadanam is Mahadanam or the greatest donation in Hindu 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 Hindus 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 Hindu 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.
For this noble cause, Sree Shankara Ashram is conducting to 'Anndan' to people on special occasions like the birthdays of ‘Swami’ and important festival days throughout the year and to the devotees, followers and visitors of Swami & Ashram every day.
One can make a contribution towards 'Annadan' at the Sree Sankara Ashram, Ashram will conduct 'Annadanam' on the specific day the
contributor wishes. It is very a auspicious to conduct 'Annadanam' on special occasions like Birthdays, marriages and on the birth of
new born babies. One can offer annadanam to children also. Childrens will be called on that occasion and will be given feast.