Friday, August 08, 2008

Lunch @ Annalakshmi – The Culinary Arts Centre of The Temple of Fine Arts


In Annalakshmi, as the name goes—food is revered. Anna means “food” and Lakshmi is the presiding deity. So, the food served in Annalakshmi is “Prasad” - a sanctified offering. Almost all Annalakshmi outlets world over runs on this concept of “Eat as you want, Give as you Feel”. During my stay at Penang, I was fortunate enough to visit this place.


TFA means Temple of Fine Arts. They are a group of artistic and charitable organization dedicated to serving the society through arts, music and dance. And they has seldom been a fixed price for the show tickets.


So I’ve google on Annalakshmi, and Annalakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Food and the adage "athithi devo bhava" meaning "the Guest is God" is the motivating factor.


Annalakshmi on the Swan has been a household name for more than a decade in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. It is largely run through the work of voluntary staff that includes mothers and grandmothers all of whom know what it takes to prepare a wholesome meal with homely love.
It is guided by the inspiration of a monk, Swami Shantanand Saraswathi, disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.


A Hindu monk once left the shores of India and founded the concept of Annalakshmi - The Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, in Malaysia.


From Malaysia, the concept of serving humanity through the arts spread to neighbouring Australia. Here on the banks of the Swan, Annalakshmi has found a new abode to serve the community.


Here at Annalakshmi, the food is prepared and served with love and the undiminished notion of service to humanity.


Volunteer staff strives to touch the hearts of our guests everyday.The Hindu monk behind the wonder that is Annalakshmi is Swami Shantanand Saraswathi (or Swamiji), who has inspired us to serve you our dear guests.


Through your generosity you not only give us the honour and privilege to serve you with the culinary and performing arts but also allow us to help the underprivileged in India via The Temple of Service, providing free food and medical services.


All of the food here are Vegetarian, and Annalakshmi is an international chain of vegetarian restaurants that augments its dining experience by showcasing Indian arts and handicrafts as well as cultural dance and music performances.


I like the food here, and the volunteer staff are friendly. When you’re at Penang, this is a place highly recommended for dinning.

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