Annalakshmi was founded in Perth in 1991 by his holiness, Swami Shatanand Saraswathi (Swamiji) based on the concept ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ – Guest is God, In ancient India, there is a tradition that as a householder before having your meal, you should first entertain an unknown guest that comes to your home. It is believed that God comes in the form of your guest, and that it should be your duty to entertain and feed your guest to the best of your ability to their satisfaction. This concept is called ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ – Guest is God. At Annalakshmi we strive to follow this great tradition.
Food nurtures; Food is life sustaining – everyone needs to eat to survive. No one should be deprived of a wholesome meal. Food is the only thing in this world where as a consumer, one would say ‘no more thank you” due to being fully satisfied. At Annalakshmi, we wish to give our guests this satisfaction.
In Hinduism, the greatest deed one can do is provide food – this is called “Annadhannam Mahadhannam”. At Annalakshmi besides serving food to all those who dine with us, we also give our guests the opportunity to provide for others as well.
Food is meant for sustenance of life and nobody should be deprived of it. Annalakshmi is a place that supports the act of giving, from the heart. At Annalakshmi the food is cooked with selfless love and positive energy. This food when consumed, becomes a healing nectar and food for the soul. When guests dine at Annalakshmi, their contribution not only pays for their own meals but through their generosity, it pays towards individuals who are less fortunate.
Music and dance is food for the soul. Dining at Annalakshmi is a cultural experience and through Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (our educational organisation) and Lavanya Arts (our handicrafts and visual arts organisation, we wish to share Indian culture and the arts with you and the community.