“Pidiyari” Offering

Saint Chavara introduced a unique resource mobilization and public distribution system known as Pidiyari ( a handful of rice). It encouraged people to save a handful (pidi) from their everyday provision for the starving and needy. Arrangements were made  for special pot each in Christian families  and suggested that  every time the family cooked they should leave a handful of rice in that particular pot. Setting aside a handful of rice would not have any effect in their food but when the rice thus collected was brought to the church every weekend, as a contribution from the family, would provide for the food of many poor families in the neighbourhood. Pilgrims have opportunity to offer ‘pidiyari’ in front of the shrine in remembrance of    saint Chavara’s concern for the poor and thus share in his concern to the needs of the poor.