Giving a fillip to the aspiration and vision of Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee, to develop spiritual tourism in the Ganga Sagar belt, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is ready to launch a permanent, semi-mechanized, modern and compact kitchen which will be capable to prepare up to 10,000 meal per day at the Sagar Island during the Ganga Sagar Mela 2020. ISKCON Management hopes this initiative will be helpful to serve the pilgrims and devotees by fulfilling their prolonged demand to have an adequate Prasadam facility in a neat and clean place.
Gangasagar Project, an initiative of ISKCON Mayapur, would like to offer people an opportunity to experience hot, sumptuous, nutritionally well-balanced, 100% Pure Vegetarian full meal Prasadam (sanctified food) throughout the year because Indian Vedic culture describes that, any Tirth-Yatra is incomplete without honoring prasadam. The meal named “Annamrita-Thali”, will consist of Rice, Dal, Roti, Sabji, Pickle/chutney and a sweet available from 8 AM to 8 PM throughout the day said Sundar Govind Das , Project Manager of ISKCON GangaSagar. The semi-mechanized kitchen, where the food will be prepared using steam, is considered healthier than the direct heat of the flame. The devotees of ISKCON will prepare the meal in the compact kitchen which has been designed in such a way so that proper hygiene, food safety & security norms is maintained. In that kitchen we are giving priority to use 304 grade stainless steel.
This project has already fulfilled its commitment to serve 1,00,000 meals during the Gangasagar Mela, absolutely FREE of cost for last 15 years at the Sagar Island.
Apart from above mentioned festivals and emergencies, it is decided, this pilot project will be continued by ISKCON throughout the year by offering meals to the tirth-yatris on “PAY AS YOU CAN” basis. “Our actual objective is, in any circumstances, no one should leave Gangasagar Dham without receiving Lord Kapil Muni’s and Gangadevi’s mercy in the form of Prasad” said Das. This project is absolutely non-profit, non-sectarian but charitable initiative to feed the poor and hungry tirthya-yatris regardless of cast, creed, race, language or religion to encourage Universal Brotherhood.
ISKCON Gangasagar has developed the kitchen in such a way that if the State Government wishes , the kitchen may be utilized as a centralized kitchen to assist in serving mid-day meals in the adjoining areas of Sagar Island informed Das.
Couple of months ago the island was severely affected by the cyclone Bulbul, which left trails of devastation. All the communication was shut down for nearly 2 days due to which there was more appeal for cooked food among the locals and pilgrims who were stuck in the Sagar Island. With a compassionate mind that moment, the ISKCON management envisioned to build a permanent modern kitchen at the Gangasagar which has facilities to stock inventory for couple of days. In case of natural calamities and emergency situations , ISKCON kitchen is capable of instantly rendering relief by supplying food to the affected people, under guidance of local Government