No cost food items pageant bringing religions jointly

Even as total of Kerala is echoing with “Swami Saranam and Ayyapa Saranam” from devotees undertaking their annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine atop the Western Ghats during the November-January period, a unique celebration which has been going uninterrupted for the last five many years stay unnoticed.

Alongside with the 41-day very long Sabarimala competition, Unnikrishnan Panikker, renowned Sanskrit and Vedic scholar primarily based at Parappanangadi in Malappuram district, conducts Anna Daanam (free of charge foods pageant) to the nearby inhabitants chopping throughout faith, caste and creed.

The location, Nedumparambu Devi Temple, hosts the full population of the town with 6-system Kerala foods served on fresh plantain leaves with sweets.

What will make the Anna Daanam distinct is the demography of the district. Malappuram is a Muslim greater part district and all of them follow puritanical Islam. “So what? Our individual faith claims serving the weak will hold the hazards off. Panikker Ji follows the very same route by feeding 1000’s of inadequate and needy all through the whole pageant season. He asks those people who could afford to serve the poor to replicate the exact and most of them are obliging him,” mentioned Abdul Azeez, a businessman in Parappanangadi who is a near buddy of Panikker.

Whatsoever Panikker earns by his discourses, writings and so on he spends on Anna Danam. The only time he experienced to phone off the presenting was in 2020 and 2021 owing to the lock down enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. A large greater part of the individuals who get section in the feast are followers of Islam. “I get a sense of fulfillment when I see the smiling faces of faculty college students, children and the infirmed people today who make it to the temple to be a part of the Anna Danam. Their religions and beliefs are not my issues,” Panikker instructed The Pioneer.

The past one particular week of the occasion stands out since of the performances by traditional artists who phase Ottamthullal, folk dances, chakyar koothu which are the historical art types of Kerala. “If ten or fifteen people arrive ahead to emulate Panikker, Kerala would transform out to be the genuine God’s Possess State,” mentioned Althaf Mohammed, a typical visitor to the Anna Daanam event. Many  mates and associates of Panikker have started out sending commodities for the feast. “This is one of the motives guiding Malappuram’s uniqueness. We stand by the dictum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and serving the bad is akin to serving God. What we feel in the corporation of Panikker is a sense of oneness,” said Mohammed.

Panikker’s contributions to culture are unparalleled. In the course of the Sabarimala stand off on the entry of gals to the shrine, he urged restraint and consensus to surmount the troubles. “Whatever I am blessed with God , I give it back to culture. I am pleased to notice that many persons have occur ahead to do the similar ,” said Panikker who has authored publications on Indian philosophy and astrology.

This is the identical Malappuram which has been labeled by politicians as mini-Pakistan!