SASWATHA ANNA PRASADAM SCHEME
The Vedas, Upanishads, and Dharmasastras preach us:
“Annadaanat param daanam
Na bhootam na bhavishyasi
Annam Parabrahma Swaroopam”
Food is the basic need of all living beings. Such food is bestowed by goddess Annapurna and she is none other than our holy mother Durga. The better half of Lord Siva, she bestows food to all, every day. She could only once offer food to Lord Siva who was crying with hunger.
Goddess Durga very much approves of serving food to hungry and deserved people. We should treat all the hungry on this earth as the forms of Lord Siva. Those who treat like this become none other than the forms of Annapurna who will eradicate hunger. Hence, all the devotees of goddess Durga should donate food to the deserving in the premises of Durga Temple. By this, they can attain the constant growth of money, wealth, children, and grandchildren for seven generations.
Based on this holy idea, the Devasthanam has started a permanent food donation programme – Saswatha Anna prasadam Scheme Pathakam.
|Devotees may pay Rs.5,116/-. This will be deposited in the bank and with the interest gained by it, 35 people can be fed on one particular day chosen by the donor. Devotees may give donation to this Anna prasada Mahayagna in the form of money & articles and in unlimited quantity. The names list of permanent donors will be exhibited in the dining hall. Donors can enjoy free entry facility into Durga Temple and other sub-temples on their chosen donation day.|
Income Tax exemption can be claimed for the donations given to this Anna prasada Seva.
Donors should give D.D.s or Cheques in favour of:
The Executive Officer,
Saswatha Anna prasadam Trust,
Sri Durga Malleswaraswamy varla Devasthanam,
Indrakeeladri, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Include the following details:
- 1) Full Name & Address of the Donor
- 2) Name of the person on behalf of whom Anna prasadam should be offered
- 3) Date and month when Anna prasadam should be offered
- 4) Gothra of the Donor
- 5) Total Sum of the donation
|Anna prasadam Scheme has been introduced from 1/1/1991 with 58 members per day with a copious amount of Rs.15 lakhs from out of surplus funds on the same lines of T.T.D. Scheme. The Trust is registered under Reg.No-181/99 with the title “Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy varla Saswatha Anna prasadam Trust, Indrakeeladri, Vijayawada-1”. The Trust is exempted from Income Tax under Section 80(G). There are about 1,07,708 Donors as on 30-05-2015. The Timings of Anna prasadam Section are 10 A.M to 4.00 P.M.|
At a cost of Rs.24.00 per meal, about 5,000 persons are fed per day, i.e. about 1,50,150 persons per month.
1,47,000 DONORS IN TOTAL – FOR BOTH TELUGU AND ENGLISH DATES
|Rs. 1,00,000/- and above||796|
|Rs. 50,000/- and above||141|
|Rs. 25,000/- and above||260|
|Rs. 10,000/- and above||3384|
|Rs. 5,116/- and above||25,043|
Pulihora, Rice, Pappu (Dal), Curry, Chutney, Sambar, Buttermilk, and Bellam Pongal.
The Devasthanam is sending computer printed intimation cards along with Ammavari pooja kumkuma for the date of which the Donor paid for Anna prasadam scheme. The Donor lists both Telugu & English dates has been displayed on the Notice Board of Anna prasadam everyday.