Panchamrit | Panchamrita | Panchamruta 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. 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 make Panchamrit
To make this Panchamrita all five ingredients should be taken in equal proportions. However, Tulsi (basil leaf) is used while offering it to deities. 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.
Even I have seen people adding sugar in this instead of jaggery. But sugar can not be added. As it is not natural and sometimes sugar is refined using bone charcoal. Hence it is inappropriate to use in this.
Panchamrita 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.
Here I have used a few saffron strands for garnishing. Which is optional. Adjust the quantities of ingredients as per your preference while making it on fasting or vrats.
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Panchamrit | Panchamrita Recipe | How to make Panchamrit
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.