Prasadam in temples are usually the traditional tamarind rice along with sweet pongal but however lately the trend seems to be changing. With innovative recipes on the prasadam, a little temple in Padappai, a suburb on the outskirts of Chennai, has replaced the traditional south Indian offerings with a more trendy westernised mouth watering menus of burgers and brownies, cracker sandwiches and cherry tomato salads. Certifying the prasadam being served, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India have stamped the expiry and best before dates on every serving.
Interestingly, it is not just the modern menu that is an attraction at the Jaya Durga Peetham, but the service as well. Here, you will find visitors slipping token into vending machines to collect boxes of their 'pret-a-prasadam', prepared with precision in the automated temple kitchen, reports Times of India.
The temple was set up with the help of K Sri Sridhar, a herbal oncologist, whose idea has helped the temple management to increase the number of visitors, locals and tourists.
The idea was to show that anything that is nutritious and prepared in a clean kitchen with a clean mind can be served to God. It doesn’t have to be only traditional dishesK Sri Sridhar, a herbal oncologist
A ‘birthday cake prasadam’ has alo been introduced in the temple for the devotees. "We maintain a computerised register of their birth dates and addresses and door deliver a cake prasadam to them. It's a hit among the elderly devotees, because coming from the temple it adds a special touch to the occasion," says Sridhar.
Citing example of birthday cake prasadam, Sridhar talks about the 81-year-old Subbulakshmi who was surprised to receive a cake for prasadam.
"It was so pretty with flowers and icing," says the 81-year-old, adding it was her first surprise cake ever. "And it came with an agar deepam (a traditional oil lamp) instead of candles which was so nice. Just like they light at the temple," she adds. "When we set up the temple we thought we should give Gods the food we relish,” he says.