Annapurna Mahaprasadam : How!
School going children, especially the ones belonging to the poor and the tribal families should receive a nutritious and a hearty meal. Despite the tireless day long efforts put in by the elders, these families have to make do with only one meal a day. An empty stomach vouches neither complete concentration nor does it help in building up a child’s health.
If the students are provided with good food and nutrition they will not only attend the school but will show continuous improvements in every field. It is with this thought process, that the Aniruddha Upasana Foundation and its related establishments commenced the Annapurna Mahaprasadam program in the year of 2007.
What does Annapurna Mahaprasadam mean?
Carrying utmost love in the heart for their Sadguru, a Shraddhavan donates food and with the same love and reverence, another one cooks and feeds the students in the schools. With this selfless service and devotion, the meal is transformed into “Prasad of Mata Annapoorna”. And hence,is termed Annapurna Mahaprasadam
Nandai and Suchit Dada serving children Annapurna Mahaprasadam
Distribution and Management:
- The Aniruddha Upasana Foundation accepts food donations in the form of grains, pulses, oil, spices and other raw materials required to cook a meal at Shree Aniruddha Gurukshetram, Khar (West), Mumbai. Also, donations are welcome at any other Foundation approved Upasana Kendra. Furthermore, food donations are also accepted on Thursdays at Shree Harigurugram, New English School, Bandra (East), Mumbai.
- Post collection, all the donations are transported to the remote village settlements of Virar, Thane. Shraddhavans living in the same or nearby locality travel to the local school to cook food for the children willing to study there, thus providing daily fresh meals to the students, cooked with love by the shraddhavans. As the meal ends, the shraddhavans make every effort to clean the kitchen area and the cooking vessels, thus maintaining a neat and habitable school premises. In this way they put their efforts at the lotus feet of their Sadguru.
- By making an effort in such a way, a shraddhavan not only performs the good deed of donating food, but also the shraddhavans offering the service of cooking food seek the blessings of their Sadguru which in turn wipes their destiny of the most difficult obstacles.
Under the Annapurna Mahaprasadam program, services are offered to more than 20 different schools by Aniruddha Upasana Foundation. Around 250-300 students avail the services delivered with love by the Foundation at Vidya Vaibhav Vidyalaya located at Kelve Road. The students hail from families that have a tribal background or are daily wage labourers.
For schools running in two different time slots, our shraddhavan sevaks prepare and serve food within the duration where the two slots are separated, i.e. 11:30AM to 02:00PM, thus making every effort to provide every student with freshly prepared warm meals. Till date, over 700-800 shraddhavans have offered their services via Aniruddha Upasana Foundation and similarly aligned establishments. Despite having their days busy with individual jobs or business, all shraddhavans actively and lovingly take part in this program.
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Infographic for Annapurna Mahaprasadam
Kolhapur Medical and Healthcare Camp:
Almost 9000 students from 100 different schools visit this annual camp conducted at Pendakhale, Kolhapur. Besides enjoying and relishing the food provided as part of the “Annapurna Mahaprasadam” program, the students are humble enough to wash their own plates and cutlery after every lunch. These students chant the name of the Almighty before beginning the lunch without fail. This also imparts the sanskar of thanking God for his loving grace in the form of food.
The Annapurna Mahaprasadam program does not run only to feed people and eradicate hunger. What makes it furthermore interesting and important is the fact that it contains multiple facets of making the young and all the future generations mentally, physically and spiritually strong and complete.
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