Panchamrit or Charnamrut is a holy concoction. It is essentially made from five holy ingredients or we can say, panch amrut. Majorly, we use it for Hindu rituals and puja. It tastes sweet and milky with nuts coming in each sip. Here’s how to make it at home in no time!
There are so many dishes in India, that are made especially for special occasions, be it a festival, a pooja or just a family culture.
This Panchamrut or Panchamrit is one such beverage, that you will mostly find during the rituals and also as a prasadam in several instances.
Made from diverse ingredients, Panchamrut or Panchamrit is one of the most important elements of any rituals performed as per the Hindu way of life.
It mainly has five ingredients, that are considered holy.
As per the Sanskrit language, the word, ‘Panch’ means ‘Five’ and ‘Amrit’ means ‘The Elixir Of Gods’.
Furthermore, because it is also bestowed at the feet of deities, it is many times known as Charnamrit as well.
Once it is used in abhisheks or pujas, it is offered as prasad to people.
Every region has its own way of making this holy drink.
While North Indian makes this way, South Indians also likes to add ripe Bananas or coconut in this as well.
What is Panchamrut or Panchamrit?
Quintessentially speaking, Panchamrit has five main ingredients, yogurt, cow’s milk, honey, sugar, and ghee.
Many people even tend to add jaggery in place of sugar. However, you can always suit yourself! Yogurt and ghee made from cow’s milk is used to make this drink.
It is believed that Gods attained immortality after drinking Panchamrut.
Therefore, each ingredient used in it is special and has its own significance. For instance:
Milk – It symbolizes purity. Always cow milk is used to make this drink.
Honey – It grants you sweet and kind speech.
Yogurt – It aids procreation.
Sugar – It brings you happiness.
Ghee – It marks knowledge.
Apart from these must have ingredients, dry fruits and tulsi leaves are also added to this prasad.
You can read an article in hindi which has more details about Panchamrut here.
What is Panchamrit Abhishek?
Panchamrit 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.
Step by Step Recipe
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
- 1/2 litre Raw Cow's milk
- 200 g Cow's Milk Curd
- 4 tsp Honey
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Cow's Milk Ghee
- 10-12 Phool makhane (cut into small pieces)
- 1 tsp Chironji
- 10-12 Tulsi leaves
- 1 tsp Ganga Jal
- 1 tbsp Almonds (Chopped)
- 1 tbsp Cashew Nuts (Chopped)
- 1 tbsp Dry Coconut (Grated)
- 1 tbsp Raisins (Chopped)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Keep refrigerated.