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Amazing Prasads That You Can Get In Temples Across India

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Offering food to God is considered a mark of self-surrender and devotion. Temple food served in forms of bhog, prasads or langar holds high regard in our country and is considered pure and divine blessing. From centuries the tradition of offering humble or exquisite meals to God and then serving to one and all has been followed.

Today we trot around India to get to you some unique, delectable and amazing temple food and each listing here has its own distinctness reflecting the palate, culture and tradition of the respective area and community.
1. MahaPrasad at Jagannath Puri:
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Is referred to the 56 food items offered to the Lord Jagannath in the world famous Puri Temple in Odisha. The food is first offered to Lord then to Goddess Vimla before it is declared as Mahaprasad. All of 56 food items are cooked in the temple kitchen which has the capacity to feed over a lakh of devotees. The food is steam cooked in traditional way in earthen pots. It is said when the food is carried to be offered to lord, there is no flavour in the food, but as it is offered and taken back to be distributed among devotees, delicious aromas of the food seeps into the air with breeze to spell bind the devotees waiting to partake the mahaprasad.

Though each and every dish has a unique flavor, don’t miss the payas, gajja (dry prasad), Kheera (rabri with paneer), Kanika (sweet rice) and Abhoda (rice- dal- sabzi).
2. Meat at Vimala Temple, Jagannath Puri:
Prasad at Jagannath Puri is necessarily offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to his companion Maa Vimala, who resides in a separate temple in the same complex. During every Durga Puja, Maa Vimala is offered a non-vegetarian spread consisting of meat of goat sacrificed in the temple itself before dawn and fish caught from the temple tank (Markanda tank). Interestingly, all the rituals involving offering of Prasad are performed before the main doors of Lord Jagannath’s temple are opened. This prasad, also known as Bimala Parusa, is then distributed amongst the devotees present during the offering. Amazing fact, isn’t it?
3. Savamani of the Salasar Balaji:
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Centuries old Salasar Balaji or the Salasar Dham in Churu district of Rajasthan is a swayambu Hanuman temple which is now also considered a Shakti Sthal. The Idol of Hanuman is unique round face, sporting a black mustache and beard. This is one of its kind idol of Hanuman. It attracts many tourists and worshipers throughout the year not just for offering prayers and expecting miracles but also for one of its kind— Savamani. The devotees offer 50kgs of food to the God which consists of melting dal baati with Ghee, Churma, Boondi, Peda and ladoo. Though the menu is simple but the sumptuous meal is not be missed at any cost. The food is either prepared in the temple kitchen by the temple cooks or one can order from an approved caterer or shopkeeper to maintain hygiene and standard.

4. Prasadam at Tirupati Balaji:
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Tirupati Balaji located in the Tirumala hills of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh is not a new name to anyone. It is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is considered the richest temple in the world, and is the most visited religious place/place of worship in the world. It attracts devotees not just for a glimpse of the 8 feet tall main idol or tonsuring of the head, but also for its world famous Ladoo, distributed as prasadam which even possesses a GI tag (Geographical Indication). Free meals are given daily to the pilgrims and the Prasadam consists of many delicacies like the daddojanam (curd rice), puliohora (tamarind rice), vada and chakkera-pongali (sweet pongal), miryala-pongali, Appam, Paayasam, Jilebi, Muruku, Dosa, seera (kesari) and Malhora.

5. Langar at Golden Temple, Amritsar:

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The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib is the seat of the Guru Granth Sahib and is one of the most sacred and holy places for Sikhs. Who wouldn’t have heard of this amazing temple which feeds millions of hungry mouths regardless of caste, creed or religion? Thousands of devotees visit the temple daily and eat the langar in the community kitchen.

It is estimated that at this langar 2,00,000 chapatis and 1.5 tonnes of dal are cooked daily and on an average 100 Quintal Wheat Flour, 25 Quintal Cereals, 10 Quintal Rice, 5000 Ltr Milk, 10 Quintal Sugar, 5 Quintal Pure Ghee is used daily. Nearly 100 LPG gas cylinders are used to prepare the meals by volunteers. The food served here is purely vegetarian cooked with onions and garlic. Dal (lentil cooked to a soupy broth) and Sabzi (a vegetable preparation) simmered and cooked in large cauldrons taste like never before. If you are visiting in Winters, don’t be surprised to see sarson ka saag reeking with ghee on your plate.

6. Delicacies at Vaishno Devi:
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Nestled in the Trikuta mountain ranges at Katra near Jammu, Vaishno Devi is one of the most arduous Hindu pilgrimage devoted to Maa vaishno in Pindi roop. The visit to Vaishno Devi, in addition to the ardent devotion and faith, Is associated with the steaming rajma chawal, Kadi chawal and Poori Chana which is served at all the Shrine Board eateries constructed all along the pilgrimage trek starting from Katra right up to the main Sanctum Sanctorum. The best part is that everything is cooked in a satvik way without onion and garlic. The bhaint Prasad which the pilgrims carry home is also a unique assortment of dried puffed rice with sweet sugar balls, dried apples, dried coconut and walnuts.

7. Kallazhagar Temple, Madurai:
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Situated on the outskirts of Madurai, almost 20km away from the city located on the beautiful and picturesque hill is the Azhagar Kovil temple, also known as the Alagar temple. It is dedicated to lord Vishnu and is known for the unique Sambhar Dosa distributed to devotees as prasadam. The temple receives grains from devotees which are made into dosa for prasadam. The dosais are first offered to the deity before distributing among the pilgrims.

So, these were some of the most amazing temple food one can get across India. There are innumerable temples across the length and breadth of the country where you can get such food, either as Prasad or otherwise and we have just listed a few. Do let us know if you too know about a temple where one can get such yummy, unique and amazing food. We would love to hear about such great food experiences!

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