Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Srirangam - Chithirai car Festival Annadhanam

Updated: May 2

Chithirai Ther

A festival established in the 13th century, it commemorates the renovation of the temple from a donation of 17,000 gold coins by a Vijayanagara king. This was following its invasion and dilapidation by foreign rulers. A nine-day long festival, it is held between March and April to coincide with the Panguni month as per the Tamil calendar. Also known as Brahmotsavam, visitors during the period can expect to witness sees grand processions, gatherings and much fervour all around.


Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe - a verse from Vedas, meaning Annadanam is supreme and incomparable to any charity. Food is the basic requirement for all humans. According to Vedas, the one who does annadanam to devotees attains heaven (Punya Lokam) in this life itself (Piravi). In this whole universe, the creation and its progression depends on food. Hence giving food to the devotees is more than attaining heaven.


In our tradition, serving spiritual seekers and monks has always been of utmost importance. This can be a path in itself. The most beautiful expression of this is the Annadanam – the sacred offering of food. ‘Annadhanam’, has its origins in ancient times. The purpose of ‘Annadhanam’ is to provide food for those who couldn’t eat. ‘Annadhanam’ is the first known welfare system.


As part of Chithirai Car festival which is very big event done in Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Srirangam-Trichy. In this event we cooked 1000kg of rice as Sambar Rice and Vegetable Rice and we distributed to the people as Annadhan every year as Family tradition since 1932. We do it regularly without missing a year.


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