Panchamrut (Charnamrut) is a traditional ayurvedic concoction made for Hindu poojas and religious rituals. It is made using 5 ingredients (Paanch Amrut) and is considered holy and sacred. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Panchamrut, also called Charnamrut is a beverage made especially for Hindu poojas and religious rituals. It is a Sanskrit word where Panch’ means ‘Five’ and ‘Amrit’ means ‘The Nectar Of Gods’.
Panchamrit is made using 5 main ingredients which when combined in the right quantity enhances the quality of each other.
This beverage is considered holy and sacred and is used for all Hindu poojas, especially for the Abhishek of Hindu gods. After the pooja commences, it is distributed among all the people attending as prasad.
Panchamrut has many health benefits and it nurtures and heal the body and increases immunity. It helps in the growth of the brain and helps in physical growth.
It nourishes the skin and keeps hair healthy and black. Panchamrut aids a smoother pregnancy as well. It is also said to aid sexual potency.
This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled as per your requirement. Make sure to stick to the proportions.
Panchamrit has five main ingredients, yogurt (dahi), milk, honey, tulsi (Indian holy basil), and ghee.
It is believed that Gods attained immortality after drinking Panchamrut. Therefore, each ingredient used in it is special and has its own significance.
The ingredients are mixed and served in a silver or a bronze vessel as these metals are also considered good for health.
Milk – It symbolizes purity. Raw cow’s milk is used to make it.
Honey – It grants a sweet and kind speech.
Yogurt (Dahi) – It aids procreation. Use yogurt made using cow’s milk.
Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil) – It brings happiness.
Ghee – It marks knowledge. Use ghee made using cow’s milk.
Apart from these must-have ingredients, nuts are also added to it for a nice texture. I have added almonds, cashew nuts, chironji, but you can add any nut that you like. I also add raisins and shredded dry coconut to my charnamrut.
In South India, people add chopped ripe bananas and chopped fresh coconut to their recipes. In Kerala, some households add tender coconut water to this prasad, which is also called Panchakavya.
How To Make Panchamrut
Add ½ liter raw cow’s milk, 200 g cow’s milk yogurt, 3 tablespoon honey, 10-12 tulsi leaves (roughly torn), 1 teaspoon cow’s milk ghee, 10-12 chopped makhana, 1 teaspoon chironji, 1 tablespoon chopped almonds, 1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts, 1 tablespoon shredded dry coconut, 1 tablespoon chopped raisins and 1 teaspoon Ganga jal to a bowl and mix well.
Tip – I used a glass bowl but a silver or a bronze bowl are a better choice.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Panchamrut Abhishek is a Hindu ritual where the god idols are bathed with this holy drink. It is performed at temples and at homes. Mantras are chanted throughout the process.
It is said that Panchamrit helps in the growth of the unborn baby. It boosts muscle strength, brightens up the mother’s brain, and also helps in increasing immunity. It also ensures the formation of breast milk in women.
Though honey is added traditionally you can also go for sugar or jaggery for a variation.
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- ½ litre raw cow's milk
- 200 grams cow's milk plain yogurt (dahi)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 10-12 Indian holy basil (tulsi) (torn into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon cow's milk ghee
- 10-12 foxnuts (makhana) (cut into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon chironji
- 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts
- 1 tablespoon shredded dry coconut
- 1 tablespoon chopped raisins
- 1 teaspoon Ganga jal
- Add all the ingreients to a bowl and mix well.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.