Panchamrit/ Panchamrut/Panchamrutham recipe is the holy concoction of five ingredients used in Hindu rituals as an offering to the Gods. It is believed to be sacred and pleases the deities. Usually, it is served on auspicious occasions like Janmashtami, Shivratri, and
It tastes truly delicious. When I was a child I used to ask for more.
What is Panchamrit
Panchamrita is a Sanskrit term. Panch means five, Amrita means nectar. A mixture of ‘five nectars’. Namely raw cow milk, yogurt, ghee, jaggery, and honey. It is believed that Gods attained immortality after drinking this. Hence each ingredient used here has a unique significance.
- Milk represents purity and piousness
- Yogurt represents prosperity and progeny
- Ghee represents victory
- Honey represents sweet speech
- Jaggery represents happiness
It also enhances immunity, intellect, and memory power. Nourishes the skin. Hence it can be used as a skin cleanser.
How to prepare Panchamrutham
To make this panchamrit all five ingredients should be taken in equal proportions. However, Tulsi (basil leaf) is used while offering it to deities. The addition of Tulsi leaf is considered to be auspicious and lends a beautiful taste to this. After the puja, it is distributed as a prasad, any leftover of this sacred drink is poured on a Tulsi plant or in the Tulsi pot.
Many people add sugar to this. But sugar is inappropriate to use in this. As sugar is not natural and sometimes sugar is refined using bone charcoal.
Panchamrut is often used as libation during ‘Abhishek’ or ‘bath of the deities’. Lord Shiva is bathed in this holy mixture on Shivratri and also for the entire month of Shravan.
Besides this, I use my homemade milk peda as an offering, especially on Janmashtami.
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Panchamrit Recipe | Panchamrut | Panchamrutham
INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 250 ML )
- 2 tbsp raw cow milk
- 2 tbsp yogurt or thick curd
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 2 tbsp jaggery
- 2 tbsp honey
- Add all ingredients one by one in a clean bowl and mix it well.
- Garnish with tulsi leaves and saffron strands. It’s ready to serve as an offering to God.