Devotee offers Rs.1crore to Sri Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust Tirupati
Sri Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust: A devotee from Andhra Pradesh, who wished to remain anonymous in public eye donated Rs.1 crore to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) recently. According to reports, a Demand draft for the amount was handed over to the TTD officials to be utilized for the temple’s Free Meal Scheme.
It is not for the first time that we hear devotees making huge offerings to this famous hill shrine. In August 2019, Reliance Industries made an offering of Rs 1.11 crore to the temple.
Wealthy devotees make such lavish offerings to Lord Venkateswara out of sheer faithfulness and gratitude. No wonder that TTD’s bank deposits crossed an astonishing Rs.12000 crore mark this year, accruing an annual estimated interest of about Rs 845 crore.
This is the backbone of TTD’ s funding source of its several programs including the famous Free Annadanam scheme to the benefit of its huge visiting devotees
Sree Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust: Feeds 200,000 Devotees Daily
It was the late N T Rama Rao, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who introduced the “Annadanam” scheme at the temple, serving an average 2000 devotees per day in 1985.
Today the number has crossed the 2,00,000 mark per day, collectively at Tirumala, Tirupati and Tiruchanoor. The number is even more on special days such as 1st January (New years day), Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rathasapthami and Sri T.T. Garuda Seva.
Initially, the Annadanam program was running as the Venkateswara Nithya Annadanam Endowment Scheme. It was brought under the management of an independent trust, named as Sri Venkateswara Nithya Annadanam Trust in 1994. In 2014, the name of the Trust was changed to Sree Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust.
The Food Items Under Annaprasadam
Under the scheme, the Trust serves devotees with tiffin( 09-00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M. ), lunch (10.30 A.M. to 04.00 P.M.) and dinner (05-00 P.M. to 10-30 P.M)on all days at Tirumala, Tirupati and Tiruchanoor. The daily Annaprasadam costs approximately Rs.30 lakhs, reports said.
The food items under Annaprsadam include Upma / Pongal / Vermicelli Upma along with Chutney for tiffin. And for lunch and dinner, the items include Chakkara Pongal, Curry, Chutney, Rice, Sambar, Rasam & Buttermilk.