In Mumbai, last year ISKCON Juhu distributed more than10 lakh plates of prasada meal and 60 lakh cups of halava in and outside the temple premises. The above mentioned prasada meals were distributed to underprivileged during several festivals, as part of Anna Dan Seva initiative during MakarSankranti, at temple anniversary celebrations and many other occasions.
Donate towards free and tasty lunch prasadam served every day to hundreds of pilgrims visiting the temple. The devotees are served sumptuous prasadam consisting of rice, sambar, sabji, pongal and butter milk.
Donation towards AnnadanaSeva is exempt from income tax under section 80G.
Everyday around 5,000 to 8,000 devotees climb the steps of Tirumala and 20,000 above pilgrims during festivals like Brahmotsavam, vaikuntaekadasi and on all prominent holidays like New Year, summer vacation including weekends. AkshayaVidya Foundation continues to serve prasadam round the year to all the devotees without discriminating caste or creed.
We serve Annaprasadam with this very principle in mind, for among the hungry crowd there may also be the anonymous genuine devotee, saint or even Devata.
gopala pi prasidati
The Sanskrit word annadanam literally means the offering or sharing (d anam) of food (annam). In every ethnic and religious community across the Indian subcontinent, no festival or ceremony is complete without annad anam, or at least with the distribution of pras adam.
Accordingly, the importance of food is stressed in ancient scriptures, including the Vedas, Upanisads, Dharma Sastras, DhammaPada, etc. Taittiriya Upanishad declares, ‘All life force comes from food.’ (annamvaipranah) and ‘Let food be produced in plenty’ (annambahukurveet).
In Bhagavad Gita, SrÄ« Krishna declares,
“All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties.”
“Donating 1000 elephants & horses, donating 10 million cows, donating any number of vessels of silver and gold, donating the entire land till sea, offering the entire services of the clan, helping in the marriage of 10 million women, all this is never ever equal to Annadanam, the feeding of hungry and needy.”