The members of the Samajam are devotees of Sri Sabarimala Iyyappa, who have visited the Sannidanam several times, and observed the hardship faced by devotees visiting theTemple for Makara jyothi darshanam during the month of January every year.
In the year of 1992 Thiru.Ramakrishnan a senior devotee of Iyyappa mooted the idea of Annadanam by us during our usual Pooja at Injiparakottai on his birthday. He also suggested that our group be called the West Mambalam Iyyappa Seva Samajam. At Valiyana vattam we cooked paal payasam and started our annadhanam in a very small scalel. Thus our journey started with the sole aim of serving the devotees by providing the basic need of hygienic food during the travel.
Thanks to the efforts of our group members and with the divine blessings of our Iyyappan, within 4 years the donations poured in and we started carrying 1000 kgs of rice and other ingredients and our Annadanam viri at Valianavattom became the most sought after place to have a hygienic and good food before the devotees proceed to have the darshan of Iyyappan.
Our Guruswamy Shri Sivakumar and team conduct Bhajans throughout the year and people donate for the annadhanam during such Bhajans. In addition we are supported for our efforts by Iyyappa devotees Thiru Gururajan, Thiru. Radhakrishnan (IOB), . Thiru. Manikkam, Thiru Perumal samy, Iyyappa devotee group from Madurai, several devotees from USA, Australia, Bangladesh and our Guruswamy’s brother from USA and his friends and hundreds of other iyyappa devotees.
Last few years alongwith Shri KK Moorthy Swamy of Hariharaputhra Iyyappa Seva Samjam We are contributing rice and clothes to the tribes at the villages nearer to Sannidahanam during Onam festival.
We are also sponsoring the education of deserving children of people who help us physically during our Annadanam . After six years of support one of the boys has completed Class 12 and is now pursuing Engineering. We are also sponsoring the education for the two children of our cook Thiru. Ravi.
Since formation of the samajam in 1992, we are performing annadanam in Periyanavottam during the first three days of January every year without break. The food is prepared hygienically and served with utmost care and devotion by our members. We take particular care to preserve the fragile environment by avoiding plastic and synthetic serving plates and use only bio degradable leaves for serving. This has been appreciated by the Forest authorities and others. We bring back all plastic waste leaving the forest unpolluted.
Our members are supported by local people in keeping the cooking utensils and the place clean.
Since 2009, our Samajam is serving close to 17000 devotees and we used about one ton of rice on the three days. This is a mammoth task and could not be conducted but for the blessings of our Lord Annadana Prabhu. We are supported by many noble souls in our efforts and we thank each one for their continued support.
Our Guruswamy Sivakumar is guided by the advice of his Guru Sri Vidhyananda saraswathi for his grace and blessings for all his efforts.
Account Holder Name : West Mambalam Iyyappa Seva Samajam
Account Number : 1015002539
Account Type : SB
IFSC : CBIN0280883
Bank Name : Central Bank of India
Branch : T-Nagar
Mobile Number : 9382104882