A Unique, Free 24×7 Bhandara At Sangam’s Ongoing Magh Mela

PRAYAGRAJ || Sangam city is currently home to a sudden flurry of faithful who are coming to the city where the Magh Mela is currently underway. Working selflessly for the past three decades, the Om Namah Shivay organization has been working as a messiah for the devotees who are turning up at the event from far and wide, serving sumptuous food.

A unique 24 hour pop up food outlet, it operates 24 hours at the banks of the Sangam. The popup food outlet offers food in the entire fair area. Notably, with more than 300 disciples working with reverence, lakhs of people mostly hungry, poor and labourers get their daily grub. Along with men in the organization, women also work with full spirit. With 24-hour free food, devotees are calling it a work of true humanity and virtue.

In the fair area, sitting in long queues at many places, the devotees are being fed wholesome meals. The head priest associated with the organization says that our biggest goal is that no one should go hungry at the Magh Mela nor should any devotees cry due to hunger.

With this resolve, the Bhandara is organized 24 hours in Magh Mela. Different dishes are prepared every day, including dal kadhi, puri-sabzi, kheer-puri, tehri, sabzi-roti, halua-puri among others.

Breakfast is organized for devotees in the morning. A daily cycle of food distribution from noon to night is organized. At one shot food is made for 25 thousand devotees at a time. The vegetable is prepared for 10 to 12 thousand people. Along with this, different food ingredients are arranged for.

The chief priest at the venue is quoted saying Om Namah Shivaya food outlets are working tirelessly across India in places like every week for a year in Lucknow, Kanpur and Prayagraj. The religious camps are the focus at the Sangam where food grains are donated throughout the year. The grain is stored for Bhandara throughout the year and huge Bhandara is organized at the time of Magha or Kumbh.

After eating the food of the popup food outlet, the devotees who come to Sangam are praising this noble cause. Significantly, on one side, where the inflation has burnt a hole in the common man’s pocket, this institution has remained an example.

Similar setups operate under the Kumbh Mela plan where Millions of people receive prasad daily under the Annakshetra.

Machines are used for making dough, making kachoris and cutting vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes etc. A Mahakadah is also offered for frying Kachoris, in which vegetables can be cooked which is around forty to fifty quintals at a time.

One big utensil in the field helps feed five to seven hundred people. Each day a hundred quintal flour and rice is spent.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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