We all know that Panchamrit is an essential part of any Hindu ritual.It is believed that the Gods attained immortality by tasting panchamrit.
The word “Panchamrit” is a combination of two words, “Pancha” means five and “Amrita” means ambrosiam or nectar of Gods. To make this sacred mixture, the five ingredients used are; Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar and Ghee in almost equal amounts.
Panchamrit is also called ‘Charnamrit’ in some parts of India.Often Basil (Tulsi) leaves and dry fruits are also added in Panchamrit. However, there may be certain regional variations in ingredients. Most South Indians add ripe banana instead of sugar.
Significance of each ingredient used:
Milk represents purity and piousness.
Curd represents prosperity and progeny.
Honey depicts strength and unity.
Sugar represents sweetness and bliss.
Ghee is meant for nourishing.
All religious Hindu Pooja and functions are incomplete without the Panchamrit (Panchamrit Prasad).It is used as an offering during poojas and is also used during Abhisheka(bathing the idols).
Benefits of Panchamrit:
Freshly prepared panchamrut can be consumed daily. It nourishes the brain and is also a great energy booster. It helps to boost the immunity and aid smooth pregnancy.Also it is said that regular consumption of Panchamrit gives relief from hyperacidity and other side effects of Pitta imbalance.
How To Make Panchamrit :
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
Cooking Time – 5 minutes
Serve – 4
500 ml – Raw Cow’s Milk
250 gas – Curd
5 teaspoon – Honey
3 teaspoon- Sugar
1 teaspoon – Ghee (Preferably cow’s milk ghee)
1 tablespoon – Almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon- Cashew, chopped
1 teaspoon – Chiroonji
1 teaspoon – Gangajal
10-12 no. – Makhana /Foxnuts, chopped into small pieces.
7-8 no. – Tulsi Leaves
How to go about it –
In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix together.
Garnish with Tulsi leaves and serve.
For making Panchamrut it is suggested to use Cow’s milk, curd and ghee.
If not consuming immediately keep it refrigerated.
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