God’s Own Kitchen: A Social Enterprise Run by Monks and CEOs


Had he followed the conventional path, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa would have been a big-shot in some large corporation. Instead, he was the ‘CEO’ of a large temple. Guided by his guru A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Propelled forward by the Divine Plan.

A chance meeting with Sri Mohandas Pai inspired Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa to use the spare capacity in the ISKCON kitchen. To start a mid-day meal program for 1500 children, in and around Bangalore. Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-led mid-day meal program, with 27 kitchens across 11 states. Serving 1.6 million hot lunches to government schools each day.

This is the exciting story of spiritualists and capitalists coming together to launch a unique start-up. And taking it to scale. A ‘Made in India’ success story using the head, the heart and a whole lot of soul.

A journey of a million miles starts with a single step. A casual conservation, a stray thought. You may start barefoot, without a map, but somewhere along the way, you find your rhythm. And fellow travellers join in step.

Akshaya Patra has changed not just the lives of a million children but the character of the temple. It makes ISKCON Bangalore special, gives it a heart.

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