The Insight of Sankirtan Bhawan MuzaffarnagarAs per the Hindu scriptures, Tirupati Balaji is one of the forms of God Vishnu, in which he appeared simply to express his love and affection for his devotees. This incarnation of God Vishnu in the form of Balaji Tirupati or Venkateswara is worshiped in the southern part of India wherein hundreds of temples carry this idol. The temple premises is also known as Kirtan Bhawan, as you can find the Kirtans (religious songs meant to praise the God) being performed every evening across the mighty size statue of Lord Tirupati Balaji.
As per the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams or TDD (a central body based in Tirumula, Andhra Pradesh, manages all the prominent Balaji Tirupati temples in the country and abroad), Sankirtan Bhawan is the only temple in five nearby districts to carry the idol of Lord Tirupati Balaji. One can also find an important activity called Bhandaara, which is basically a food distribution service for free devoted in the name of Lord Balaji. It is organized on a daily basis in the special food area called Anna Shetra at 12.00 noon. As per estimate, more than one 1,00,000 poor people are fed in a year in this temple.
It was in 1979 when a very popular philanthropist cum businessman and Lord Tirupati Balaji devotee called Giani Ram Gupta started this free food service for the poor from his personal wealth. However, later this initiative got an overwhelming support from other wealthy businessmen and philanthropists in the area and its vicinity. Thus with regular and bigger donations coming in for this activity, the Bhandaara is still continuing to feed hundreds of poor and needy people on a daily basis.