Annadanam Mahadanam – Pidiyari (Handful of Rice)

Dear ones, today I would like to share you about “Pidiyari” – a practice followed in our family since the time of our ancestors. Pidiyari means a handful of rice. While we take rice to cook for family in the morning, with prayers to Annapoorna devi, the one who is cooking the rice will take a handful of rice and put it in a container daily. Once the container is full, we give it to a person who is having difficulty earning money for food.

I am explaining this to you because in this testing time of financial difficulties to many of our people, if we are blessed to have three meals a day, please save a handful of rice in a container daily and once it is full, give it to a needy person. You may give them some pulses and vegetables too according to your financial situation.

Also, please share some titbits of your food and water with birds and animals. They too are needy at this time of difficulty. Trust me, once they get their tummy full, the happiness they feel will bless us immensely. It may be a tiny piece of biscuit or a handful of rice, it can fill the tummy of many ants, a bird, a cat, etc. So, please give from what you have. Stay blessed. Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

“Annapoorne Sadapoorne
Shankara Pranavallabhe
Jnana Vairagya Sidhyartham
Bhiksham Dehi Cha Parvati”

(This is the sloka we chant while we put pidiyari to the container and while we cook rice at home)

59 thoughts on “Annadanam Mahadanam – Pidiyari (Handful of Rice)

  1. เดธเดคเตเดฏเดฎเดพเดฃเต. เดตเดฟเดถเด•เตเด•เตเดฎเตเดชเต‹เตพ เดฒเดญเดฟเด•เตเด•เตเดจเตเดจ เด’เดฐเต เดชเดฟเดŸเดฟ เด…เดจเตเดจเดคเตเดคเดฟเดจเต เดฎเดฑเตเดฑเต†เดจเตเดคเดฟเดจเต‡เด•เตเด•เดพเดณเตเด‚ เดฎเต‚เดฒเตเดฏเดฎเต‡เดฑเตเด‚. เด…เดคเตเด•เตŠเดฃเตเดŸเดพเดฃเต เด†เดฐเดพเดงเดจเดพเดฒเดฏเด™เตเด™เดณเดฟเตฝ เด…เดจเตเดจเดฆเดพเดจเดคเตเดคเดฟเดจเต เดเดฑเต† เดฎเดพเดนเดพเดคเตเดฎเตเดฏเด‚.. เด…เดจเตเดจเดฆเดพเดจเด‚ เดฎเดนเดพเดฆเดพเดจเด‚ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  2. This concept is divine, sacred and above all the best reflection of humanity. Feeling proud to meet a personality like you in this WordPress and further. This must be done by every household, so much so that atleast a small fraction of poverty could be eradicated by this deed. Best post. Thanks for sharing this one Krishna Chechi.๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฉ

    1. Thank you dear ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’• My parents follow this and now I too. Please do it in your home too and tell friends and relatives to do this too. Together we can fill many stomachs and hearts ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Thank you, Krishna! I’m signing up for this. I will find a box. ๐Ÿ˜

    (during the lock down here, “I” started feeding the birds and it now became a habit. I wanted to share this in a post downtime.)

    Hari Om! โค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  4. Beautiful practice dear๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
    Such a kind and devine gesture โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ
    We do try to help the needful but never thought it this way
    Such a beautiful idea you have shared with us to follow
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  5. That’s a great thing shared and makes many of us to follow. I am having a habit of keeping rice and water in balcony. And here in Muscat I don’t any person who gets like this but indeed I am having my own habit I won’t say it is giving I will say I am getting happiness through them.

    1. It’s a nice practice dear Subbashini ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• Whatever simple help we can do to make life a bit easier to another being, let’s do it happily for god has given us a chance to work through us and give us blessings. Blessed day ahead ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒป

  6. This is such a kind gesture Krishna. My mother used to make first one roti for cow and last one roti for dog daily. Early in the morning we used to give jowar grains for pigeons and parrots.

  7. Thank you dear Deeksha ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’• What your mother do is really kindful too. Let’s do what we can to fill the stomach and hearts of other living beings ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

  8. Beautiful Krishna, this is one of the sweetest family traditions EVER!!! Thank You for sharing this practice with Your world family. Truly, truly wonderful!!! Sending huge hugs and much gratitude Your way! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

    1. Thank you dear Gloria ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•
      The meaning of chant is:
      We are praying to Annapoorna devi (mother godess who provides food to all beings) who is the dearest to Shiva (her husband) to bless us with knowledge and dispassion. We are asking these blessings from her humbly. She is godess Parvathy too.

  9. An amazing tradition that current generation is missing… Your post reminds me of my granny who used to pray to annalakskhmi every time she puts rice in the utensil.

    1. Thank you dear Chiru ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™ Please do it if you are at home and share this with relatives and friends so all can do this simple thing to fill the tummy of someone

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