“Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe”
This famous from Vedas, means Annadanam(offering food) is supreme and incomparable
to any charity. Food is the basic requirement for all humans. Thus according to
Vedas, the one who does annadanam to devotees, attains heaven (Punya Loka) in this
Universe (Brahmanda) itself. In this whole universe, the creation and its progression
depends on food. Hence giving food to the devotees is more than attaining heaven.
“Gaja turaga Sahasram Gokulam koti danam
Kanaka Rajatha patram Methini sagarantham
Upaya kula vishuttam Koti kanya pradanam
Nahi nahi bahu danam Annadanam samanam
Donating 1000 elephants & horses, donating 10 million cows, donating any number
of vessels of silver and gold, donating the entire land till sea, offering the entire
services of the clan, helping in the marriage of 10 million women, all this is never
ever equal to Annadanam-feeding the hungry and needy.
The temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams being the custodian
of world famous temple of Lord Venakteswara which strongly believes that service
to humanity is service to divinity, took up the noble task of feeding millions and
millions of pilgrims who throng the temple of Tirumala across the world, every day
on free of cost.
The food offerings as “Annaprasadams” are being undertaken by TTD in a massive way
in Matrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba Annaprasadam Complex at Tirumala, in all the waiting
queue lines and compartments of Vaikuntham Queue Complex I and II, foot path routes
In Tirupati and Tiruchanoor also the distribution of free food as “Annaprasadam”
is being made to not less than 15,000 devotees.