Monday, November 17, 2008

Sai Temple - Annadanam - Kondapur

Adi Sankaracharya in his stotram praising Annapurna, the personification of plentiful food, says:

Annapūrne sadāpūrne Sankarprānvallabhe gyānvairāgya siddhyartham bhiksham dehi ca Pārvati.

Annapūrnā Devi, Goddess of Plenty, you who are Lord Shiva’s eternal Consort, give us alms together with wisdom.’
Because of this universal tradition of annadānam, since millennia it has been possible–even common–for sadhus, pilgrims, saints and others to travel from one end of the subcontinent to the other spreading the wisdom of their respective sampradayas to the far corners of the subcontinent.

Indian Culture promotes giving in many forms. The biggest of the danam is annadanam ... providing food to the needy.

The Sanskrit word annadānam literally means the offering or sharing (dānam) of food (annam). In every ethnic and religious community across the Indian subcontinent, no festival or ceremony is complete without annadānam, or at least with the distribution of prasādam, the edible items offered during pūjā.
Accordingly, the importance of food is stressed in ancient scriptures, including the Vedas, Upanisads, Dharma Sastras, Dhamma Pāda, etc. Taittiriya Upanishad declares, ‘All life force comes from food.’ (annam vai prānah) and ‘Let food be produced in plenty’ (annam bahu kurveet). In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna declares, ‘From food all beings are evolved’ (annād bhavanti bhūtāni).

Manu Dharma Sastra’s aphorism ‘atithih devo bhava’ (‘regard the guest as a deity’) plainly expresses this worldwide tradition among ancient societies that deities may move upon the earth in human guise, and that one should therefore regard them with the utmost courtesy and respect.
Annadānams too are conducted with this very principle in mind, for among the hungry crowd there may also be the anonymous genuine devotee, saint or even a deva or deity. Indeed, each and every poor person is regarded in this way, as expressed in the Sanskrit saying daridra Nārāyana (‘God dwells in the poor person’).
Annadanam is performed at Kondapur Sai Temple

every thursday for hundreds of people. Whoever wish to donate for annadanam can contact

Mr Rameshwar Reddy  (USA)- +1 408 705 1071
Mr Siva Sudhir (Hyderabad)    +91 99854 86394
Mr Venu Reddy(Hyderabad)  + 91 94414 52405
Mr Ravindra Sangve(Pune)    + 91 96184 61777
Mr Sundararaman(Chennai) - +91 - 99760 40806

Donations can be made in person @ Sai Temple daily from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm / 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Devotees can remit the amount online through Paypal secure account also:

Requesting all Sai devotees to visit Kondapur Sai Temple and take part in daily bhajans. Special poojas are peformed for one's birthdays and anniversaries.
God bless You! Aum Sai Ram!!!
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You can perform annadanam on your birthday, you can do
nate for annadanam for your spouse's
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1 comment:

  1. Construction of a permanent structure for Sai Temple is underway. Please visit and get blessings


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