Temple prasad that will leave you licking your fingersTuesday August 9, 2022 at 5:54 pm
The temple prasad in the Hindu religion refers to the food prepared especially to offer to the presiding deity. It becomes divine prasad after a token of prasad is accepted, and the priest returns the rest for consumption by the devotees that had offered it.
In a perfect world, the prasad will not be one’s most significant motivation for visiting a temple. It should, of course, be for devotional purposes or may because one wants to immerse oneself in the immense beauty of art and architecture of these temples. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and some of us wonder gluttonously which temples offer the most delicious prasad. Well, this article will tell you all about temples, the prasad of which will be memorable for visitors.
Five temple prasad that everyone must take.
Many different food items are offered as prasad in Hindu temples in India. Our list here limits to the most delicious prasad we have encountered during our trips.
1. Jagannath Puri
The first and foremost in our list of most delicious temples prasad is the mahaprasad from the great temple of Jannath Puri. Puri is the Anna Kshetra of Jagannath – or the eating area of the supreme God. And thus, it should surprise no one that the city is home to the most extensive kitchen in the world; the tradition says that Mahalakshmi, the consort of Jagganath herself, looks over this kitchen. And that day, the mahaprasad is cooked here in the traditional clay pots, and using the water from the two wells situated within the temple is so delicious that even gods will feel blessed for eating it.
The whole meal consisting of rice, dal, vegetables, sweets, etc., is prepared and offered to Jagganath, who turns it into Prasad; it is then provided to Mahalakashami, who, in turn,,, converts it into maha prasad blessed with blessings of the two divine beings. The kitchen is an excellent place to visit, and Prasad can be gotten from Anand Bazar.
2. Tirupati temple
The ladoos from Triputi Balaji have gained tremendous popularity among devotees and food enthusiasts. Made as a prasad for the Venkateshwara, the deity who lives on Tirumala hills, these ladoos weigh about 200 grams and are offered to devotees after visiting the temple. It is difficult to do justice to the divine (intended) taste of these ladoos in words – suffice it to say that they are just 200 grams of deliciousness.
3. Dwarkadhish temple
The following phrase in this list of most delicious temple prasad in Hindu temples is the Makhan Misri Bhoh from Dwarkadish temple. One of the most prestigious temples dedicated to Lord Krishna had to have a prasad based on Lord’s favorite food item – Makhan. Makhan Mishri is just as tasty as its name suggests – and though it is available in several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, that of Dwarkadish is unsurpassable in taste.
4. Vaishno Devi Temple Prasad
Mata Vaishno Devi mandir is one of the most prestigious and most visited Hindu temples in North India. One of the unique things about this temple is that it is believed that you need more than your own will to go to it – you need ‘Bulawaya’ or ‘call’ from the mother goddess before you can even start the journey. Another incredible thing about this temple is the prasad – murmura or puffed rice, some dry fruits, Ilaichidana or sugar balls, and, most unforgettably, sun-dried apples.
5. Sankat Mochan Temple in Kashi
The temple is placed at a place of great religious and historical importance to Hindus – where the great sage and poet Swami Tulsidas Hanuman Ji was. Thus, he went on to build the temple here dedicated to the monkey god. The temple has several monkeys in it.
Goswami Tulsidas Ji is the author of two essential religious poems – Ramcharitmanas (a version of Ramayana) and Hanuman Chalisa (a series of forty couples dedicated to Lord Hanumana).
The temple is famous for giving devotees two of the most delicious prasad – Lal Peda and Besan Ke Laddu.
The readers will notice that the temple and temple prasad list we have presented here not only brings incredible mouth-watering prasad but also connects with a temple with rich histories behind them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are several questions people ask that relate to temple prasad. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this subject:
Question: What are some of the other temple prasad I should try?
Answer: The following are some of the other delicious temple prasad to give a try:
- Makhan MishriBanke Vihari Mandir in Vrindavan
- Kanchipuram Idli at Varadaraja Perumal Temple
- Modhaks at Ganapatiphule temple
- You can have Kadha Prasad in any Gurudwara, though. Another commonly available prasad in North India is Bundi, available every Tuesday in Handyman Mandirs.
Question: Are all these temple prasad vegetarian?
Answer: Yes, all temple prasad mentioned here are vegetarian. Almost all prasad offered in Hindu temples are vegetarian.
Question: What about Kadha Prasads?
Answer: Kadha Prasads from Sikh Gurudwaras are incredible too. We recommend Harmindar Sahib for the most delicious Radha Prasad. Sikh Gurus even encourage devotees to eat prasad with ‘Pehle Pangat, fir Sangat’ etiquette. Kadha Prasad is eaten in queues which draw no discrimination based on caste, class, or gender. However, the reader must note that there is a distinction between temples and gurudwaras regarding prasad. In gurudwaras, prasad is not necessarily something you buy, and thus it is good etiquette to make some donations to the Gurudwara before you settle down to eat.
If the reader has any other questions, they should feel free to ask them in the comments below.
The Bottom Line
One can quickly wrap up the above discussion by concluding that these prasad’s offer such incredible taste because of their secret, potent ingredient – the love and devotion of those making them. What is your favorite kind of temple prasad? Do tell us about it in the comments below.