Panchamirtham – Nectar Of The Gods
The word “Panchamirtham” is derived from two Sanskrit words; “Pancha” means “Five” and “Amirtha” means “Sweet Nectar”.
It is believed that the Gods attained immortality by drinking Panchamirtham, which was one of the most precious ingredients that emerged during the samundar manthan in Mahabharatham. The Gods and demons fought aggressively to get their hands on Panchamirtham as they knew that whoever consumed it, will become immortal forever.
Today, Panchamirtham is used for Abishegam and also offered as Prasaatham at Lord Muruga’s temple in Pazhani, India. It is also well-known for its medicinal values as it stays fresh for a long period of time without refrigeration. There are various versions of Panchamirtham, in which ingredients such as bananas, tulsi, coconuts, mint, milk, raisins etc are added to prepare this sweet dish.
Here’s a simple Panchamirtham recipe which can be prepared easily within minutes and ideal for poojas at home.
How to Make Panchamirtham
Banana - 1 sliced
Dates - 4 deseeded and chopped
Raisin - 1 tbsp
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Honey - 1 ½ tbsp
Cardamom - 1
Sugar candy (Kalkandu) - ½ tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
- Mix all the ingredients together except the sugar candy, in a mixing bowl.
- Mash well and add the sugar candy.
- Enjoy the sweet Panchamirtham.
- You can also replace the brown sugar with jaggery.
- Fresh fruits can also be added for extra taste and flavour.
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Panchamirtham - a sweet syrup mixture containing five ingredients; milk, honey, yoghurt, sugar & ghee in equal amounts. Why five? Well, according to ancient mythology, each of these ingredients has a significance. Milk represents purity, honey is a symbol of unity, yoghurt provides strength and love, sugar adds sweetness and ghee nourishes the body.