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   Nitya Annadan

It is the much stressed principle by our holy scriptures and saints that food is Brahman (i.e. God) and offering food to the hungry is equivalent to give one his very life. Also charity of food is the one which gives contentment and hence treated as the best of all charities. It is the great privilege bestowed upon Dattaguru Bhandara Trust to undertake anna-santharpana or offering of holy prasad from Sadguru Sainath and Sri Nrisimha Saraswathy Swami Maharaj (the fifth and second avatars of Lord Dattatreya) in the form of south Indian food during noon.

The sympathy of Lord Dattatreya to His devotee-children is highlighted by the following consideration:

When a son meets his mother, coming from a far-off place with great affection and tender care the mother serves him with his favourite dish. Even though Gangapur is geographically located within Karnataka, a southern state of India, the culture prevailing there even now is that of Maharashtra, a north Indian state. Due to this, south Indians accustomed to rice based food are supposed to suffer. Anticipating that south Indians would be coming in large numbers in future, motherly Dattatreya has engaged Dattaguru Bhandara Trust into action that without any difficulty they would cherish tasty, fresh, timely, food of their choice, charged with His full grace by paying nothing except devotion. The normal menu consists of rice, vegetable, curry, sambar, rasam, pickle and buttermilk. Not to waste even small quantity of food, prepared out of precious contributions from devotees, an estimate of the partaking devotees is made. From 8:30 A.M to 10:00 A.M daily prasad coupons are issued, based on that food is prepared.
 
The serving of the food for coupons is in plates and starts by about 1:00 P.M after all the partakers take their seats. To remind them that it is not just food but holy prasad from Sadguru Sainath till the first round of food is completely served, they are made to chant the Sai tarakanama "OM SAI SRI SAI JAYA JAY SAI". As the signal to start eating, the jaya goshams "Sacchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai", "Avadoota Chintana Shri Gurudeva Datta" and "Swami Maharaj Ki Jai" are loudly uttered.

An additional form of annadan called "Madhukari", in accordance with the tradition of Gangapur is also practiced. Sri Nrisimha Saraswathy Swami had given an assurance to His devotees that He would visit Gangapur everyday for collecting biksha. With this belief, in so many places in Gangapur, after the noon arati at the Dattapaduka mandir is over single item food will be served which devotees stand in queue and receive. At Dattaguru Bhandara Trust also this is done after noon arati. Except on Ekadashi days items like pongal, masala bath, vegetable bath are being served. So many sadhus, sadhakas and Lord Dattatreya in disguise give great value to this Madhukari and satisfy themselves with that.

See God in all beings is the principle preached by Sadguru Sainath. As its practical application even other forms of living beings are satisfied with food. After noon arati some quantity of food is offered at a particular spot for birds. Another quantity is mixed in the Bheema Amaraja river to feed aquatic creatures in it. Even to offer God immediately after arati a portion is offered to the holy Dhuni treating fire as His representative.

It is to be noted that this anna-santharpana is common to all irrespective of their caste, creed etc.

On normal days issue of coupons is limited to 100 devotees. On festival days like Gurupoornima, Datta Jayanti, Maga Poornima (five days jathara), Karthik Poornima this is extended to thousands.
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