The Siddha Yoga Dham, Bangalore, has been consistently nurturing the children of the region in every possible manner. The most basic requirement in this regard is that of nutrition. Every single day there is a steady stream of young visitors to Siddhaloka, trotting across from villages up to 5 km away, for their daily ‘prasad’ (offering) of fruit or other eatables. The last 13 years have seen the children who used to come for their daily prasad mature into adults, with successive numbers of children following in ever-increasing numbers. These children are thrilled to be in the presence of their beloved Swamiji and exchange notes about school, home and friends with the ashram inmates and Param Poojya Swamiji himself, who is their ‘best friend’!
Every year, on the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Nityananda, a ‘Baal Bhojan’ or ‘Feast for Children’ is also conducted at Siddhaloka. This is done in memory of Bhagwan Nityananda, who used to derive special pleasure in being with children and organizing feasts for them. In this function, more than a hundred children of all nearby villages assemble at Siddhaloka for a sumptuous feast. Every child is then presented with gifts by Param Poojya Swamiji. This includes school stationery, uniforms, coins and so on.