Annadāna – Free Distribution of Organic and Vegetarian Food
Annadān or the distribution of vegetarian, organic food, is first offered to the divine, and then shared with all who grace the occasion. It is the principal, social and spiritual service that marks the Hindu tradition.
From the moment of His appointment, The SPH provided Annadāna (free food) for up to 3500 people everyday in Madurai. On an average, an astounding 125 kgs of rice is cooked each day. Food is served thrice a day at the Aadheenam premises and is prepared as per the Bhāga Śāstra – the source scripture in Hinduism regarding food. It is the science of cooking as disclosed by Paramaśiva Himself, where he details the best combination of ingredients to be consumed by a being for acquiring a healthy and enlightened body.
The food is prepared to the accompaniment of mantras or kirtans (sacred hymns), infusing positive vibrations in the food that has the power to heal people. Ananda Sevaks, the blissful volunteers of Nithyananda Peetham cook and serve hot, nourishing, organic meals with rice, pulses and vegetables.
On special occasions such as Hindu festivals, the Aadheenam feeds over lakhs of people with this service running 24/7, and is open to all.
This Annadāna service at Madurai Aadheenam has brought tremendous satisfaction among the local people. There was an observable reduction in crime rates, as many of the underprivileged now had access to three square meals a day.
Free Medical Services
The SPH Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam stated that the two-day free medical camp will be held every fortnight at Madurai Aadheenam. The Aadheenam runs a free medical service which is equipped with the latest diagnostic machines, including auto-refractometer, ultrasound & ECG, glucometers for blood sugar monitoring etc. It also runs free the specialty medical camps will offering professional services, including door-to-door free services in case of patients requiring minor surgery. A separate area was earmarked on the Madurai Aadheenam premises to set up a facility for the fortnightly camps. In upcoming camps, the services would be expanded to include siddha, homeopathy, ayurveda and natural medicine.
FREE 24 HOUR DIALYSIS CLINIC: With the donation of 47 dialysis machines costing Rs. 600,000 each by two Canadian doctors who are followers of The SPH Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, a free 24-hour dialysis clinic catering to nearly 250 people a day was in the works will be set up in the city shortly, to service the large numbers of renal failure cases, occurring in Madurai due to the excessively hard water in the region. A full fledged 300-bed hospital and outpatient unit was also being planned at another location in the city.