'Annadan has special importance in life'
A person who performs Anandan daily receives all the auspicious results of the world. According to your ability and convenience, you should give some food. This leads to ultimate well-being. In particular, donation of food is an honor factor in life. Therefore, food should be donated to the needy. By donating food, all sins are replenished and there is happiness in this world and hereafter.
A legend related to this is also found in Padmapuran. Once a conversation is happening between Brahma ji, the creator of the universe and Shweta, the king of Vidarbha. This dialogue shows that whatever a person donates in his living state, after death he gets the same thing in the hereafter. King Shweta reaches Brahmaloka on the strength of his harsh austerity, but never receives food there during his lifetime due to not donating food.
‘नादत्तं कस्योपतिष्ठते’ That is, what will one get without giving. The more you sow, the more you will get. In the Anushashanparva of Mahabharata, it is said that due to which works of previous birth, auspicious or inauspicious results are obtained.
Donate to whom?
We can understand this very well with an example, if a person has the ability to donate fifty rupees, then he should donate only fifty rupees. Donating ten rupees or hundred rupees in place of fifty is not a donation but a sin. Donation work should be done with a pure and happy mind.
Similarly, if a poor beggar who lives in torn clothes, if given a new cloth to wear, thats coth will not like by him, he will not be able to wear that cloth either he will sell it or throw it away; so he will be like only torn cloth. Feeding food to a full stomach does not make any bless in his mind, but if a poor person with a hungry stomach is fed with food, then he will be fully satisfied and will give prayers from his heart. Donation can be of any thing, not just food. Medicine for the patient, education for the uneducated, food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, it means that if someone who lacks and is unable to get it, then also arrange for such a thing to the people , falls in the category of donation . Therefore, while giving donations, special attention should be given that donations should be given to the appropriate person.
We have been doing this activity by the ancestors of all of us (grandmother, mother etc.). It is considered our ultimate duty to offer food to Brahmins, Pandits, Pujaris etc. on any festival, date, special (Amavasya, Purnima, Ekadashi etc.). According to our scriptures, donations made in this way are necessary and good. We have seen this practice in all places around us.
Donation should not be done with gratitude to anyone because it depends on our willingness and devotion and the person's aim is to reduce his sufferings, sorrows, impunity etc. while giving donations. Donations are also made for the peace of evil planets and for the relief of various kinds of suffering. By donating some part of your income, there is definitely self-purification and wealth growth. It is absolutely true that donations are made for their own welfare. Donation removes poverty, even improves until the next birth. Donation never reduces because any kind of donation never goes empty, but it gets its results till the next birth. Donation is also a measure of the aggregation of virtuous deeds and repentance of inauspicious deeds done by oneself.
There is no worship and ritual in Hinduism, better than feeding a hungry one. Annadana is a Mahadana - or the largest donation in Hinduism and is an essential part of the Sanatan Dharma tradition. Food donation is not limited to feeding a human being, but it includes all living beings. There are many stories in praise of Annadan, the glory of the Hindu scriptures - the main Goddess Parvati appearing as Goddess Annapurneshwari and feeding Shiva.
Therefore, it is clear that food is the main basis of life. Rather food is life. Therefore, food is equal to life. In the scriptures, food is considered to be the best and effulgent virtue. It is a major part of dharma. Any chanting without donations; Tenacity; The yajna etc. is not complete, the person who performs Anandan daily; That river; Receives the fruits of the donation of the entire earth, including mountains and forests. If someone is mentioned in the Mahabharata period as the bravest, the most worthy, the most abandoned and the biggest donor, then he is Karna. As is well known that Karna was the son of Rajmata Kunti and Lord Suryadev and was get flow in the water due to at that time Kunti was not married till then. While flowing in water, Karna met a Sut(slave) and he was brought up by him. Karna later became Duryodhana's first choice and supreme friend due to his valor and also got throne. From childhood to becoming king, Karna always had two characteristics with him, his valor and his charity. Karna's charity was discussed because the petitioner who came to his door had never returned empty handed. Karna had donated gold, silver, diamonds, pearls, etc. throughout his life, but he had never donated food. Being unfamiliar with his past, he said that nobody had even fed food in the name of his ancestors. The same thing went opposite Karna.
Yudhishthira and golden mongoose
Lord Krishna told the importance of selfless donations.