Every one of the thousands of pilgrims, who enter the portals of Dharmasthala to seek the blessings of Lord Manjunatha, is offered free food .Every visitor is a welcome guest irrespective of caste, creed, culture or status.
Annapurna Choultry, an exquisite example of present day architecture, equipped with a modern, hygienic, automated kitchen designed to feed 30,000 to 70,000 pilgrims on any given day. To make Annapoorna Choultry truly eco friendly, Shri D.Veerendra Heggade makes sure that the kitchen is run on alternate forms of energy. The kitchen was recently featured on the Mega-kitchens of National geographic channel as one of the most efficient and resourceful mass kitchens of India.
It has been a folklore and a tradition not to leave Dharmasthala without savouring the meal, doing so leaves your pilgrimage incomplete; the helpers working in the Annapurna choultry, do their best to preserve this sacred belief.
The pilgrims are served with a three-course meal, making it one of the best served meals in any temple. The kitchen is self sufficient in every form; from the raw materials to the bio-gas fire and the organic plantain leaf plates used to serve the food. The architecture of the disposal system is of a kind that helps foster the implementation of sustainable energy forms.