Maha Annadanam

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“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 Annadanam, the offering of food.” – Sadhguru


Long before
 history came to be recorded, people the world over have recognized the close association between food and life. The Sanskrit word annadanam literally means the offering or sharing (danam) 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 annadanam, 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 Mahashivratri, Maha Annadanam is offered to the hundreds of thousands of devotees who attend the event at the Isha Yoga Center and in over hundred centres across the country. Isha Foundation offers one the opportunity to contribute towards the Annadanam. Every Donation Counts !

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