A Grand Bhandara or a feast
The term bhandara stands for a feast given especially for yogis and sanyasis. Bhandara in current usage means any feast under religious auspices by individuals or institutions open to laymen as well as to devotees. The bhandara does not aim at any specific object, nor is it restricted in duration.
The actual meaning of the word bhandara can well be seen, in the the practical sense, at the at Om Namah Shivay camp at Magh Mela which is open for all irrespective of caste , creed and gender. All are open heartedly welcomed by our Prabhu ji to eat the Maha Prasad who visit the mela during the month of January and February.
Devotees from all over the world every year come to Allahabad to bathe in the pure Ganges river. The devotes are offered the bhandara by the followers of the ashram throughout 24 hours. This is the only camp which serves food to all according to their hunger and apetite. The rich and the poor sit comfortably and are given plates for the food. The famous north Indian dish hot kadhi and rice is served to them in the morning hours after which in the afternoon poori sabji is served and specially prepared food is also prepared for the ones who keep fast.The devotees relish the food prepared by Prabhu and feel obliged. The bhandara (food prepared ) is not only hygienic but also nutritious. This is the only camp at magh mela which serves food free of cost thoughout 24 hours and for the whole month.The only place which never says noooo to any devotee for food as we understand the feel of hunger. People come here empty stomach with tears in their eyes but when they leave the campus they bless our revered Prabhu ji and the entire team of Om Namah Shivay.
The motto of the organisation is-
Let not anybody go empty stomach
Let not anybody cry due to empty stomach
Le not anybody sleep empty stomach
Na koi bhookha jane paye
Na koi bhookha rone paye
Na koi bhookha sone paye
Our Prabhu Ji believes that the best way to get rid of our problems and sins is to serve humanity and giving food to others is one of the best ways to serve people.
Om Namah Shivay – the most miraculous mantra is the most ancient Hindu mantra. It comes from the Rig Veda. The Vedic collection of sacred hymns.