Annadhanam Booking Temples - About
"The Best Donation is Food Donation one Who Gives food, gives Life."
"Persons providing food are hailed as persons providing lives" - Thus insists and instucts 'Purananooru', great Tamil classical literature of Sangam age that dates before 2,000 years.
Above noble and novel scheme, was inaugurated by our Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma on 23.3.2002 at Mylapore Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar temple by serving food with Hon'ble Chief Minister Amma's own hands of glory. This scheme was implemented in 63 temples in first phase. After that, step by step this scheme was extended to 360 temples in seven stages. Now under Annadhanam Scheme, Annadhanam is provided in 724 temples. This Scheme is receiving high praises from scholars, dignitaries, devotees, public and by religious people.
Our religious Savants and scholars have ever been stressing significance of Annadhanam since ancient times that fact that persons providing Annadhanam is best of all gestures of donations. Knowing this, and providing life, people from common man to millionaire are contributing this scheme.
In Commissioner's Office, an account was opened in Commissioner designation exclusive for Annadhanam scheme. A sum of Rs.3.27 crore was collected and deposited in said account. From surplus funds of affluent temples, a sum of Rs.20.00 crore was deposited as a permanent investment exclusively for this scheme. Now amount has accumulated as Rs. 35.10 crore.
Interest accrued from this source of fund will be distributed to temples, which are needy for implementing scheme. In all 724 temples where Annadhanam Scheme has been implemented, hundials have been installed exclusively for this Scheme.
In all temples implementing Annadhanam Scheme food is provided for devotees after Uchikala Pooja. Rice, Sambar, Rasam, Buttermilk, Kootu, Poriyal, Pickles, etc... are provided in Annadhanam. Depending on number of devotees visiting temples, 50 to 300 devotees are provided with Annadhanam under this Scheme in each temple.
Due to lack of proper monitoring found recently re was a great fall in number of beneficiaries and in quality of food. After this Government took charge, Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has ordered to ensure number of beneficiaries and to improve quality of food. Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has also ordered to serve Annadhanam with Vadai and Payasam on Sundays at temples having surplus funds. Hon'ble Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has given new life to this Scheme by instructing to extend Annadhanam Scheme furr for 106 temples. Accordingly steps are being taken to carry out this Scheme in a more effective manner.