An initiative of feeding the needy has resurrected the lives of many people in and around the Ecovillage. Free meals being distributed to the people in the vicinity with an aim that no one goes hungry to bed.
ovardhan Annakshetra is one of the many social initiatives by Govardhan Ecovillage towards the weaker section of the society. It’s a recently launched initiative for serving free meals to the poor. Govardhan Annakshetra came as a result of the thought of His Divine Grace ABHAY CHARANARAVINDA BHATVIEDANTA SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPAD after he saw some needy children striving for food out of hunger. The entire incident prompted him to start this initiative where no one would be strived for food within a certain limit. Govardhan Annakshetra is a humble attempt from Govardhan Ecovillage to offer free meals to everyone within its vicinity. Govardhan Annakshetra was established with an initiative to serve free meals to the needy.
The thought Process behind Govardhan AnnakshetraO
nce in 1974 The Founder Acharya of ISKCON His Divine Grace Abhay Charanaravinda Bhatviedanta Swami Srila Prabhupad was in Mayapur. It was the day of Govardhan Puja festival and there was a big feast. People took prasad in their leaf plates and threw it on backside of a building. After some time Srila Prabhupad heard noise of some dogs barking and some children shouting. He went to the window and saw small children who were very poor with sticks in their hands were shouting at dogs over the leftover scraps of food in the leaf plates. Seeing this, tears swelled from his eyes he said, “We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a ten-mile radius. The temple is the house of God. God is everyone’s father, Krishna is everyone’s father. So, in the presence of the father, the son doesn’t go hungry. So, we have to make an arrangement that people get fed.” Again, in one his letters to All Presidents of ISKCON in 1977 he wrote that In all our temples Prasadam distribution should be arranged. Whoever comes to Temple should be fed prasad. So, with this Inspiration and under the Guidance and Blessings of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj, we have started our humble attempt in the form of Govardhan Annakshetra at Govardhan Ecovillage (Wada). It is an initiative where we serve free full meal lunch prasadam to whoever comes here without any discrimination. These includes guests, visitors, villagers etc. And we are actually witnessing how this project has created a great impact in the lives of people.