Prasadam is the sacred food offering of the Lord. Most of the Hindu temples have their own special Prasad. Most of the Indian temples are popular for the uniqueness of the Prasad they distribute to the devotees. Most of them are sweets and made from pure ghee. Some temples even offers Charanamrit, a special concoction of milk and water considered very holy and powerful. Every day God is served with a special sacred sweet or food which is later distributed among the devotees as Prasad. Prasad in Hindu temple are unique of its kind and differ in tastes and varieties. Some temples offer rice while some may even offer books and other publications. But in any way Prasad of the Lord is very sacred and purifying. If it is taken with faith and devotion, it is believed to bring miraculous results to the devotees.
Let’s have a look at the Ten Unique Temple’s Prasad in India:
- Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra
At Vaishno Devi Prasad needs to be brought. Devotees buy from the Bhaint Shops managed by the shrine board. The unique prasad consist of puffed rice, sugar balls, dry coconut, dry apple etc. all the prasads are nicely packed in the eco-friendly jute bags in various denominations. Prasads are also dispatched by speed post.
- Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
Tirupati Laddoo or popularly known as Sri Vari Laddu is unique of its kind and a logo of the temple. Laddoos are offered as prasadam to the devotees after the prayer of Lord Venkateswara. Tirupati ladoos are prepared in 2 types and are distinct in terms of flavor and size. Recently Tirupati Laddoos have been awarded geographical copyright.
- Mahadeva Temple, Mazhuvanchery, Thrissur
The Prasad distributed at Lord Shiva Temple situated in the campus of National Heritage Centre at the village Mazhuvanchery, Thrissur, is really one of the most astonishing and unique among all temples in India. Prasad distributed includes textbooks, CDs, DVDs writing material and informative brochures. The temple authorities believe that knowledge dissemination is the actual Prasadam.
- Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple, Palani
Lord Murugan temple located in the Palani hills, Tamil Nadu is again popular for its unique Prasad distributed to the devotees after worship. The Prasad is made of five fruits, sugar candy and jaggery and considered as the oldest form of jam. The Prasad, known as the Panchamritham is now manufactured in an automated plant located on the foothills of the temple.
- Sree Krishna temple, Amablapuzha
The famous Sree Krishna temple located at Amablapuzha located near Thiruvananthapuram has again a unique way of prasad distribution. Palpayasam is a sacred offering made to the deity. The Payasam is prepared of rice, milk and sugar and distributed to the devotees as prasadam after the worship of the Lord. The preparation of the Prasad is handed over to the hands of traditional cooks over generations. The distinct taste of the Prasad is also unique in its own way.
- Jagannath Temple, Puri
The famous Jagannath temple in Puri is also renowned for distributing “Mahaprasad”, as popularly known in the temple. Dedicate to Lord Jagannath, the temple kitchen offers food to I lakh people daily, perhaps making it the largest kitchen in the world. Mahaprasad consists of a variety of 56 cooked and uncooked dishes. Pradsad is offered to the deities first and then sold to common mass at Ananda Bazaar.
- Azhagar Kovil, Maduraia
Azhagar Kovil, popularly known as Alagar temple is situated 21 km from Madurai. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Kallazhagar temple distributes unique Dosas as Prasadam to the devotees. The grains offered by several devotees to the temple are prepared into crispy and tasty Dosa. The first one of offered to God and then after the prayer distributed to the devotees. Its one of the unique temple’s Prasad in India.
- Kamakhya Devi Temple, Guwahati
Every year during the days of Ambubachi, which coincides with the seventh day of the Asamese month of Aahar, a 3 day fair is held at the Kamakhya temple. During these days the temple remains closed. On the 4th day the devotees flock at the temple complex to receive a unique and very holy Prasad which consists of a small piece of cloth supposedly moist with the menstrual fluid of the omnipotent Goddess Kamakhya.
- Khabees Baba temple, Sandana, Sitapur District, UP
Around 80 km from Lucknow, the Khabees Baba temple in Sitapur district has no idols or priests. Devotees offer liquor to two slipper-shaped structures on a raised platform in adulation to a clairvoyant saint living here 150 years ago. A portion of the liquor offered is collected and distributed as Prasad to the devotees.
- Karni Mata Mandir, Bikaner
In the famous Karni Mata Mandir, the Prasad offered to the devotees is unique of its kind. The temple is also popularly renowned for rats moving freely inside the temple complex. Prasad is offered first to the rats and then it is distributed among the devotees. It is believed that the Prasad laced with rat saliva brings good luck.