PM Lauds Annapurna Annakshetra Trust

PM Lauds Annapurna Annakshetra Trust

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Kashi Annapurna Annakshetra Trust for the service done to countless people during the lockdown period after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The PM sent letters of appreciation to the head priest of Maa Annapurna Mandir Mahant Rameshwar Puri and chief trustee of Kashi Annapurna Annakshetra Trust Jeevnandan Jha expressing his gratitude for their service to mankind. “I am happy to know the voluntary service done to the society by the Maa Annapurna Mandir Annakshetra. You not only fulfilled your social responsibility but also gave a new dimension of social service,” said the PM adding that the works like arranging food and ration kits for the needy, distributing face cover and sanitizers and arranging food for the animals are praiseworthy.

“PM’s appreciation for our works gave a boost to our morale to continue our service to the society in a better way,” said Mahant Rameshwar Puri wishing good health to the PM. According to the Trust authorities, with the blessings of Maa Annapurna the kitchen of the Annakshetra continued to supply food to the needy people during the lockdown period.

PM Lauds Annapurna Annakshetra Trust

Annapurna Mandir, situated near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is one of the most revered temples for the Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Maa Annapurna, the Goddess of nourishment and a form of Goddess Parvati. The Annapurna temple enshrines two idols of the goddess including one made of gold. The gold icon can be only seen only once a year on the occasion of Annakut festival. The Annakshetra of the temple also arranges free food to people on normal days.

Legend says, once Lord Shiva said that everything in the world including food is ‘maya’ (illusion). It annoyed Goddess Parvati and she decided to demonstrate the importance of food. She did it by disappearing all the food on earth. The world started suffering in want of food. Lord Shiva finally came to Goddess Parvati and acknowledged the importance of food, begging for food at her door. Goddess Parvati became happy, and offered food to Lord Shiva. And then made a kitchen in Varanasi for the devotees.

 

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