“We owe our spiritual wealth not just to the sages, seers, masters and enlightened beings who walked the path, but also to the community that nurtured them. In our tradition, serving spiritual seekers and monks was of utmost importance. In fact for many, this was a path in itself. The most beautiful expression of this was the Annadhanam, the offering of food.” – Sadhguru
history came to be recorded, people the world over have recognized the close association between food and life. The Sanskrit word annadhanam literally means the offering or sharing (dhanam) of food (annam). In Indian culture, the sharing of food has always been considered a sacred duty. In every community across the Indian subcontinent, no festival or ceremony is complete without annadhanam, or the distribution of prasadam, the edible items offered during puja. We offer food to our ancestors, to the devas, to sanyasis, elders, pilgrims, as well as to family, friends, visitors, and to anyone who feels hunger, including animals. Because of this universal tradition, for millennia, yogis, saints and sages have been able to travel from one end of the subcontinent to the other spreading the spiritual sciences across the subcontinent.
the night long celebration of Mahashivaratri, Annadhanam is offered to the hundreds of thousands of devotees who attend the event at the Isha Yoga Center. Isha Foundation offers one the opportunity to contribute towards the Annadhanam.
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