Akshayapatra (Sanskrit: अक्षयपात्र) means inexhaustible vessel, it is an object from Hindu mythology. It was a wonderful vessel given to Yudishtira by the Lord Surya which held an endless supply of food to the Pandavas every day.  Continuing this principle, DC Metro Sai Samsthan aims to feed the hungry belonging to the community by doing “Narayana seva” which is feeding the hungry with reverence and humility by providing endless supply of food from our devotee base. There are several ways the Samsthan has engaged itself to fulfil Baba’s wish.  One of the ways we are serving the less fortunate people in Montgomery County is by collecting unperishable food items in the temple on an on-going basis and donating it to Manna Food Center – an organization which has served the local community with balanced nutritional food items for several decades.

As a Baba’s devote, we ask our patrons to set aside some rice or beans packets or non perishable vegetarian food items that they plan to cook every day, as an offering to God. Every week they drop off their offerings at the temple  in this way they can make a difference in the life of few hungry people.  Akshay Patra allows devotees to drop non perishable food (rice, grains, cereal, sugar, coffee, canned vegetables, canned fruits, sphagetti, sauce, oil, spices, fruit cups, etc.) at temple collection center.  Let’s join hands and make a difference year around in the lives of all those around us who need our help.

For additional details/interested, send an email to annadaanam@dcmetrosaisamsthan.org.

On 1/18/2024, DCMSS donated 236 lbs of food to Manna Center.

Recognition Letters


Below recognition letter is received in November 2016


On 07/2020, DCMSS donated 150 lbs of non perishable food to Manna food center 
Food donated to Manna Center on 11/7/2020
Sheperd’s Table donation on 4/16/2021

DCMSS (page 15) is listed in Manna’s high level donor list in the Annual report that was recently published. The Annual Report covers monetary contributions (no food donations included) made from 7/1/19 to 6/30/20. See the annual report here: https://www.mannafood.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AR2020.html.   

June 2021 Akshaya Patra donation

June 2021 Akshaya Patra donation

Akshaya Patra October 2021 Donation to Manna Food Center
Akshaya Patra November 2021 Donation to Manna Food Center
Akshaya Patra December 2021 Donation to Manna Food Center


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