Anna Dhanam - The Food Donation:

"Food", one of the prime basic necessity of life is considered to be the best among all the donations (as told by Sri Vallalaar Siddhar). All other forms of donations, will never achieve the state of fullfillness from the recipient. Only Anna Dhanam has the unique ability of satisfying the recipient instantly within a short duration and brings the recipient to a state of fullfillment to bless the donor from the depth of the heart with happiness. When a person is satisfied or fullfilled, the body, mind and soul works in unison and the words which comes out of the mouth will have more positive vibes.These blessings out of sheer happiness and satisfication will reduce the bad karmic effect in ones life. In this selfish world, the meaning of the word "Dhanam" has been forgotten due to the fast moving, dynamic, money-minded culture, spread all over. It is said in the Vedhas that, he who is the creator of lifeforms, is who gives food for their sustenance. To a poor and needy who starves for nourishment, one becomes godly when he/she offers food.

The term "Annam" means food and the term "Athithi" means guests. It is the age old tradition followed from the times when humans worshipped sun god, to honour the arriving guests with feast and gifts. Food doesn't mean just the input for the stomach. It is the one which gets ingested by all the senses of the body and the soul. It provides the basic energy for the survival of all living beings on this earth.

At the Ashram, anna dhanam is done at all days for the arriving priests, sages, saints, devotees and guests. At times of functions, the ashram sees a multitude of diners in more than thousand numbers feasting on fresh vegetarian food, consisting of all the six tastes viz. sweet (Inippu), salty (Karippu), sour (Pulippu), bitter (Kasappu), spicy (Uraippu) and astringent (Uvarppu). These dharma (charity) services are sponsored or contributed for the sake of public seva by the devotees and followers of Ayya and Anna. Whomever who seeks the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Ambal, shall generously contribute for this service at all times by contacting the ashram's office.
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