The word Hindu is supposed to be derived from Indus river as the Hinduism is not a religion only but a way of living. Thus many rituals and sacrament crept into the religion on account of utility aspect. All Hindu worships culmination’s with the distribution of “Panchamrit” which is prepared and put before the duty during Puja process.
Panchamrit word is the fusion of two words of Sanskrit Panch and Amrit. Pancha means five and Amrit signifying nectar. As the mixture is prepared by amalgamation of five important matters Honey, Basil leaves Cow milk, liquid jaggery, ghee (skimmed butter) and Dahi (yogurt) these five ingredients from Panchamrit which is often referred as Charanaamrit or the nectar of the deity’s feet. During your Agra Mathura Vrindavan Tour while visiting the famous temples and offering worship you can have Panchamrita from the Pries as a mark of respect to the deity.
Recipe of Panchamrit
Tulsi plant is one of the most auspicious plant in the Hinduism. It is considered to be the anode of so many duties. The followers of Hindu religion consider Tulsi as an earthly embodiment of Goddess Laxmi. She is believed to be close to Lord Krishna. Many Hindu scriptures throw light on Goddess Tulsi. That’s why many people worship with with the rosary made of Tulsi beeds. The devout Hindus give place this sacred plant in their houses. To venerate the goddess they mix Tulsi leaves in Panchamrit and in prasadan.
This plant has many medicinal value also and is very useful in soar that and works as antioxidant. The modern researches show that this is also helpful in bringing down radio activity.
Since time immemorial the Vedic civilization was based on Pastoral-ism and the cow has great importance. According to the legends the cow is supposed to have the dwelling place of millions deities inside it.
Cow milk is thought very sacred by the Hindus. In the legendary Ocean Churning event 14 gems were obtained and one among them was Kamdhenu. In Hindu religious ceremony of Pran Pratisha milk pouring on the Idol is dare. Similarly Lord Shiva devotees go to the temples and appease the Lord with milk, belpatra and billadena fruit, thus have divine gratitude. The hindus believe in cow as an abode of 33 crore gods and Goddess. Krishna worshippers also find cow as holy animal. Lord Krishna had a great company with cow hearders.
Even today cow milk is considered very good for health on account of it’s lightness and easy digestive nature. Even the pediatricians recommend the cow milk to the babies. Similarly on account of medicinal use.
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Honey & Jaggery
There is a great importance of honey in Hindu rituals. Honey is an important constituent of Panchamrit during Puja. The Sanskrit name of Honey is Madhu which is obtained from the honey cambs. Since the times immeonirals Aryans used this natural as food and medicinal usage. This is the reason that many vedic yajans were performed with the offerings of peavey and other sacred materials to appease the Gods and Goddess. Both Indra and Lord Krishna have their name as Madhaw which is derived from the word – Madhu. Honey is used as a component in many drugs.
It was customary in the old time in Indian civilization to perform the ritual of Madhu Abhiseka on the sacred duty. Similarly during the marriages honey used to play a vital role to word off the evils away from the houses. Thus it was thought that the newly married couple can live peacefully without any hardships.
Jaggery also has multiple usage and before the sugar was marketed in India by the British jaggery was commonly used as food.
Ghee & Dahi
Ghee is similarly very useful. It was used earlier for burning lamps and is a major component of nutritive diet. Dahi or yogurt is also considered best materials on account of digestive value. Milk symbolizes purity, yogurt for good traditions. Ghee stands for healthy relations with others and the honey for sweetness sturdy nature.
Why Banana leaves are holy for Hindu Puja?
The legends say that Rishi Durvasa once cursed his wife to turn into a banana plant on account of interruption into his sleep. On her merciful pleadings the saint blessed her, giving her a boom that they would be treated special and as a holy plant. The fruit of banana is offered in all pujas and the Hindu places of worships like the temples and Bhagvat Kathas are adorned with banana leaves.
The banana plant is considered as God Brahaspati and is worshipped with incense stick, flowers, Haldi Kumkum and Rakha sutra.