Annadana Sabhas

Sannidhiyan Annadana Asramam, Selva Sannidhi

Revered as Sella Katirkamam of the North, Selva Sannidhi Murugan Temple at Thondaimanaru is situated about twenty miles north of Jaffna. Here too, as at Katirkamam, a free non-agamic environment for worship pervades the place, persons of various creeds and castes congregate here for darshan of the Vel installed at this blessed cannitanam (Celva Cannidhi). The waters of Thondaiman Aru, a tirtham where fresh water flows into the sea past the site, elevates the location to a sthalam, blessed with the triple adjuncts of tirtham, sthalam and murti.

Ce. Mohandas, better known throughout Jaffna as Mohan, has been cooking and serving annadanam to devotees of Selva Sannidhi Murugan since 1955, when he joined Mayilvahanam Swami's Ananda Asramam at the tender age of five.

Selva Sanndhi kuttam departs for Kathirkamam, 21 May 2004

Sannidhiyan Asramam, as Mohan's annadana madam is called, has become more than just a madam that serves annadanam. For it also houses Sannidhiyan Press, which publishes Sannidhiyan monthly journal in Tamil for devotees of Selva Sannidhi Murugan. Sannidhiyan Asramam also hosts regular events, like devotional lectures by distinquished speakers, readings from the Kanda Puranam, etc.

Annadanams at Sannidhiyan Asramam are still served in the traditional fashion, ever since Ramana Maharshiinstructed young Mayilvahanam Swami to return to Jaffna and serve the Lord's devotees with annadanam. To this day, Mohan continues the tradition of serving annadanam exactly as it is still done at Ramana Asramam in Tiruvannamalai, with sumptuous meals served upon plaintain leaves in a hushed atmosphere to a never-ending stream of devotees both rich and poor.

Murugan Bhakti invites you to consider making your viruttam to feed any number of the Lord's poor devotees at Selva Sannidhi Murugan Kovil. US$0.25 only will provide a sumptuous vegetarian meal. For US$100 only, you can feed 400 devotees. Mohan and and his staff of Murugan adiyars are recognized as the best throughout Jaffna. Indeed, the best annadanams in all of Sri Lanka are offered to Selva Sannidhi Murugan at Mohan's Sannidhiyan Asramam.

Sannidhiyan Asramam bank account:

Account No: 7342444

Account holder: Ce. Mohandas

Bank name: Bank of Ceylon

Bank branch: Point Pedro, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka