Worship of food and Annadaana (the offering of food) is highly praised in our culture and hence Annapurneswri is regarded as a popular deity. As per legend, Annapurna feeds the whole world along with her consort Shiva who was asking for food on account of a whim created by her.
Annapurneswari stands not only for sufficiency of food but for sufficiency of all positive aspects. In YVK, Annapurneswari is worshipped as a mother who looks after her children’s physical needs and leads towards the ultimate goal of enlightenment.
Whoever connects with Annapurneswari in their homes experienced happiness, and problems continuing for years have been solved miraculously. In one word, it can be said that Annapurneswari will be behind us in every aspect and leads us forward. This can be considered as Annapurneswari’s specialty. Annapurneswari with the true essence of motherly love has been bestowing couples with children and thus is being called Santhana Annapurneswari. Whoever comes into her fold can make use of their full potential and live life to the fullest.
To further enhance the energy of Annapurneswari, a Sri Chakra has been consecrated at Yoga Vignana Kendra. Sri Chakra is a model of universe. Sri Chakra or Sri Nagara is said to be the abode of the mother. She is its ruler. It has 9 levels called Avaranas. The 9 levels are said to be 9 levels of evolution of the seeker. Beginning from the outermost to the innermost where the mother resides. Sri Vidya Tantra explains the goddess at each level, the method of worship and mystical powers one attains through their worship. In the innermost level called Bindu resides the mother with Lord Visweswara. The various petals or lines and their number in each Avarana signify the number of goddesses worshipped.
Rituals for Annapurneswari:
1. Nitya Aaradhana (Daily Pooja)
For the welfare of all, Archana is done with Devi Khadga Mala which enumerates the dieties in each level.
2. Special Pooja on Fridays
Panchamrutha Abhishekam followed by Kumkumarchana with Annapurna Ashtotharam and Lalitha Sahstranamam.
3. Pournami Archana
Pournami Abhishekam followed by Navavarnarchana. As Pournami is an auspicious day, these special Aaradhanas are performed.
4. Annapurneswari Vaarshika Utsavas (Annual Celebrations)
Every year in the last week of December, Annapurneswari Vaarshika Utsavas are held ceremoniously. These are done with the whole hearted participation of Sadhaks and volunteers with great devotion and dedication. One and all connected with YVK eagerly await these Utsavas. These Utsavas are conducted for five days. In all these days, there will be rituals and hundreds of people are offered food. On the final day, as a culmination, Purnahuti and Annapuja are performed. Thousands are offered Annaprasada (food).
Annapurneswari Temple and Ashram
To step up Seva activities and to create a platform for Seva programs, Guruji has started the construction of Sri Annapurneswari Temple and Ashram. This temple is being built in an area of 1200 yards at Mahadevapuram, Kukatpally in Hyderabad. In this temple premises, an area has been earmarked for Ashram. Money for each yard was donated by Sadhaks.
On 8 April 2014, the Sankusthaapana (foundation stone laying ceremony) has been performed successfully by Brahmasri Chaganti Koteswarao Dampathulu in the presence of more than 3000 people. The temple construction has been completed upto the basement level. Everyone is welcome to contribute and participate in this endeavor.