Sannidhiyān Annadāna Āsramam, Selva Sannidhi
Revered as Sella Katirkāmam of the North, Selva Sannidhi Murugan Temple at Thondaimanāru is situated about twenty miles north of Jaffna. Here too, as at Katirkāmam, 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 cannitānam (Celva Cannidhi). The waters of Thondaiman Āru, a tÓrtham where fresh water flows into the sea past the site, elevates the location to a sthalam, blessed with the triple adjuncts of tÓrtham, sthalam and mūrti.
Ce. Mohandās, better known throughout Jaffna as Mohan, has been cooking and serving annadānam to devotees of Selva Sannidhi Murugan since 1955, when he joined Mayilvahanam Swami's Ānanda Āsramam at the tender age of five.
Sannidhiyān Āsramam, as Mohan's annadāna madam is called, has become more than just a madam that serves annadānam. For it also houses Sannidhiyān Press, which publishes Sannidhiyān monthly journal in Tamil for devotees of Selva Sannidhi Murugan. Sannidhiyān Āsramam also hosts regular events, like devotional lectures by distinquished speakers, readings from the Kanda Purānam, etc.
Annadānams at Sannidhiyān Āsramam are still served in the traditional fashion, ever since Ramana Maharshi instructed young Mayilvahanam Swami to return to Jaffna and serve the Lord's devotees with annadānam. To this day, Mohan continues the tradition of serving annadānam exactly as it is still done at Ramana Āsramam 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 adiyārs are recognized as the best throughout Jaffna. Indeed, the best annadānams in all of Sri Lanka are offered to Selva Sannidhi Murugan at Mohan's Sannidhiyān Āsramam.
Ce. Mohandas, in charge
Sannidhiyan Asramam bank account:
Account holder: Ce. Mohandas
Bank name: Bank of Ceylon
Bank branch: Point Pedro, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka
SWIFT code: BCEYLKLX