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10 Indian temples that offer unique prasads

Prasad or parshad has been a very integral part of our lives. As children we waited for our grandmoms to and out the batashas or gur-chana once she was done doing the puja for the day. On festivals, the prasads had their own charm a?? puri, halwa, chana etc. Such is the importance of prasad that it overrides the joy of the festival itself!
10 Indian temples that offer unique prasads
On a serious note, prasad aka parshad or prasadam, is the sacred offering to god. Most temples have their own special prasad, i.e. every deity is known to be offered a particular type of prasad. Some of these temples go an extra mile to ensure that their prasad is the most unique. So let us have a look at the various unique temple prasad’s across India –
Mahadeva Temple Prasad

Mahadeva Temple, Mazhuvanchery, Thrissur

The prasad offered in honor of Lord Shiva beats everything else. While most prasads are edible, the prasad offered at Mahadeva Temple in Mazhuvanchery, Thrissur includes informative brochures, text books, DVDs, CDs and writing material. This is so because according to the temple trust, imparting knowledge is best among all other type pf prasad. Can’t say we argue, can we?

Dhandayuthapani Swami Temple Prasad

Dhandayuthapani Swami Temple, Palani

Located in the Palani Hills, this lord Murugan temple is very popular for its unique prasad. Devotees are offered a sweet made of five fruits, jaggery or gud, sugar candy. The preparation is a type of a jam and is known as Panchamritham. Such is its popularity that now it is manufactured in bulk at an automated plant in the foothills along with the temple.

Sree Krishna temple Prasad

Sree Krishna Temple, Amablapuzha

The Sree Krishna Temple located in Amablapuzha near Thiruvananthapuram disributes prasad to devotees in a very unique manner. The prasad offered here is payasam made with milk, sugar and rice. While this is a common sweet dish, the prasad is unique because of its flavor and also, because traditional cooks prepare this recipe which was handed down to them from earlier generations.

Azhagar Kovil Prasad

Azhagar Kovil, Maduraia

Popularly known as the Alagar Temple, the Azhagar Kovil is located 21 kms away from Madurai. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu and distributes dosas a prasad to devotees. Yes, this is because many devotees offer grains as an offering to the deity and these grains are then used to make fresh, crispy dosas as prasad.

Kamakhya Devi Temple

Kamakhya Devi Temple, Guwahati

There is no prasad as unique as the one offered at the Kamakhya Devi Temple located in Guwahati! Each year during Ambubachi, which incidently falls on the seventh day of the month of Aahar according to the Asamese customs, is a three-day festival fair hosted at the temple. During the fair, the temple is closed to public and on the 4th day, scores of devotees flock to the temple to receive a piece of cloth which is moist as it is dipped in the menstrual fluid of Goddess Kamakhya.

Khabees Baba temple Prasad

Khabees Baba Temple, Sandana, Sitapur District, UP

The Khabees Baba Temple is located in the Sitapur district of UP, some 80 kms outside of Lucknow. This temple doesn’t have any deity or any priests. In fact the prasad offered here is even more unique! Devotees offer liquor... you read it right! Liquor or a pair of slipper-shaped structure on a raised platform is offered in honor of the saint who lived here 150 years ago. Devotees get some portion of the alcohol collected as prasad.

Karni Mata Mandir Prasad

Karni Mata Mandir, Bikaner

The Karni Mata Mandir in Bikaner is famous for its rats! Yes, as rats move around freely within the temple and the temple complex, the prasad here is offered first to these rodents and then given to the devotees. Apparently, the prasad contains rat saliva which will bring good luck to the devotees.

Mata Vaishno Devi Prasad

Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra

Jai mata di! Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Katra is perhaps the most famous temple in north India what with lakhs of devotees flocking to pilgrimage each year. Devotees are offered puffed rice, balls of sugar, dried pieces of apple and coconute as prasad, packed in a eco-friendly jute bag. You can also receive this prasad by post. To do so, click here

Shri Venkateshwara Temple Prasad

Shri Venkateshwara Temple, Tirupati

This temple is famous for its laddoos that are offered as prasad. It is known as the Tiputai laddoo or the Sri Vari laddu. They are very popular as they are prepared with utmost reverence and offer a very distinct flavour and are available in in 2 types and sizes. In the recent times, this prasad has been awarded a geographical copyright as well.

Jagannath Temple Prasad

Jagannath Temple, Puri

Most popularly known for its rath yatra, the Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the most frequented temples in India. The temples offers Mahaprasad to the deities which consists of 56 varieties of uncooked and cooked food dishes. After being offered to deities, devotees can purchase the prasad from the Anand Bazaar stalls.

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