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Plan a Train Trip to Temples That Offer Unique Prasad

Visiting a temple is one of the rituals for Hindus. They believe in touring temples for Darshan, taking blessings and having prasad. Prasad is considered one of the most important parts of Darshan. Indian temples offer different prasad-like dry fruits at Vaishnodevi, Chura at Baba Vaidaynath, and Peda at Kalighat. This prasad is widely known and seems normal. But, there are temples in India that offer distinct prasad, which might make you feel strange. However, they hold great spiritual values. 


You must visit these temples to take the blessings of God and witness the special prasad distribution. You can take help of a rail app to plan your journey if you prefer a train trip. 


Temples of India and Their Unique Prasad 


Usually, in temples, we offer prasad in the form of sweets made up of cow milk, ghee, fruits, and other items like Chura, Murri etc., prepared from rice. But there are temples where the ritual is to offer Prasads in the form of liquor, chips, candies, biscuits, etc. 



Liquor at Kal Bhairav Temple 


Liquor is generally said to be forbidden. Its consumption is even considered not so good in India. Many states like Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya and Nagaland have bans on liquor consumption, but at the Ujjain’s Kal Bhairav temple, liquor is offered to God. Outside the temple, the liquor bottle is sold with flowers, coconuts and other worship stuff. The practice of liquor offerings at the temple is a part of a Tantrik ritual called “Panchamakara”. Devotees offer the liquor to the deity and later consume it as a prasad. 



Candies at Maitri Kripa Kalibari


Have you ever offered candies, biscuits, chips, jelly, cakes, wafers, cola, and chocolates to the temple? If not, reach Maitri Kripa Kalibari temple in Lucknow. At this temple, Annakoot puja is organised just after the day of Diwali. During this puja, 151 items are offered to God, including anything edible like fruits, grains, candies, biscuits, chips, jellies and others. 



Red Fabric at Kamakhya 


One of the most realistic temples, Maa Kamakhya, is a pious Hindu temple. It is one of the Adi Shakti Peetha. According to legends, at this devi temple, Maa Sati’s womb has fallen. During the fair festival Ambubachi, the Kamakhya temple stays closed for 3-days. On the 4th-day, a moist red fabric is distributed among devotees as a Prasad. The piece of cloth is said to hold the menstrual fluid of Goddess Kamakhya. It is considered an auspicious fabric in India. 



Chinese Foods at Chinese Kali Temple 


Chinese Kali Temple is an epic temple where devotees offer goddess Kali Chinese food like noodles, suey, fried rice, and chop. Later on, these Chinese dishes are distributed among people as Prasad. The Chinese Kali temple is in the Tangara area of Kolkata, West Bengal. You can visit this temple for Darshan and get the unique Chinese Prasadam. 



Dosa at Kallalagar Temple 


Kallalagar temple, also known as Azhagar Kovil temple, is a famous Vishnu temple in Tamil Nadu. It is located 21 km away from Madurai. At the temple, devotees offer south Indian foods like Dosa, Lemon rice, tamarind rice, etc., to God. Later on, these Indian dishes get distributed among people as Prasad. 



Knowledge at Mazhvangery Mahadev Temple  


At the Mahadev temple of Mazhvangery, Wayanad, in Kerala, there is a concept of sharing knowledge with others. Here devotees receive informational CDs, DVDs, books, informative brochures, writing materials, etc., as a Prasad. It is an uncommon and valuable way to give and receive Prasad in temples. 



Liquor at Khabees Baba Temple 


Just like Kal Bhairav temple, liquor is offered at Khabees Baba temple of Uttar Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Baba Khabees, a saint who is believed to love liquor. Legend says that whatever Baba used to say after consuming liquor turns out in reality. At temple premises, Sharab is offered to devotees as Prasad. 



Fish at Parassinikadavu Temple


Parassinikadavu Temple in Kannur, Kerala, is a temple known for the poor and toiling masses. Whoever worships the deity here gets his wishes to come true. The deity is considered a rebel who dresses as a warrior. He accepts toddy (a palm wine) and roasted fish offerings. After the bhog, fish and toddy get distributed among devotees as Prasad. 



Kichadi at Ganpatipule Temple 


Ganapati is the most beloved God in Maharashtra. Generally, it is said Modak is a favourite dish of Ganpati. But at the Ganpatipule temple of the state, Ganpati is offered a complete meal of Khichdi along with pickle, papad, and boondi during the afternoon. Moreover, in the evening, Ganpati is served with masala rice. After the bhog, the prasad of Kichadi and rice get distributed among people. 



Onions at Gogamedi Temple 


Have you ever thought of offering onions at a temple? Especially when people prefer sattvic meals during Pujas. But at a temple called Gogamedi in Rajasthan, disciples offer onions. The temple is dedicated to a warrior Gogaji. Each devotee that comes for Darshan offers at least 250 gm of onion and lentils.  



Mathadi at Shrinathji Temple 


Mathadi is a deep-fried snack that gets dipped in sugar syrup. People usually have it as an evening snack. But in a temple of Rajasthan called Shrinathji, dedicated to lord Krishna, Mathadi is offered to God. Afterward, the special Prasad gets distributed among devotees. 



56 Bhog at Jagannath Temple 


The temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath in Puri, one of the Hindu Char Dham, is known for its Mahaprasad, which includes 56 food items. It is Chhapan bhog which holds great spiritual values. All food gets prepared in earthen pots on firewood. The taste of this prasad is heavenly, and saying having this prasad is great luck.  


So, what are you wondering? Plan a trip to these epic temples and be part of a culture you might haven’t imagined. 


What are Different Types of Prasad One Gets in Indian Temple?


Makhan Mishri at Krishna temples, laddu at Tirupati Balaji, dry fruits at Vaishno devi, a meal at Varanasi’s Annapurna temple, and Kadha prasad at Gurudwara are some of the famous Prasadam. In Indian temples, devotees offer fruits, mishri, elaichi dana etc., to God. For Hindus, this Prasadam holds great value. 


How can I Plan a Trip to Temples in India? 


Different regions of India have different temples and are unique in their own way. You can plan a train trip to these temples by checking trains between your nearest station to your destination. After checking the trains, you can view the train schedule, book train tickets, get IRCTC PNR status, and pre-book your food for the journey. 


RailMitra, the AI-enabled app, helps you to trace all the rail information like PNR check, trains schedule, live train status etc. Moreover, it also allows you to book train food online. 


The all-in-one rail app is a complete journey app to plan travel by train. 

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