Prasadam being made at Palani

The Palani temple dedicated to Muruga is famed for... more

Women peel bananas, the main ingredient of the Palani panchamritham. Photos by Shoba Narayan
1/5Women peel bananas, the main ingredient of the Palani panchamritham. Photos by Shoba Narayan
Two workers aloft an electric lift, overseeing the mixing process.
2/5Two workers aloft an electric lift, overseeing the mixing process.
The five main ingredients in the mixture are the bananas, brown country sugar, honey, ghee and cardamom.
3/5The five main ingredients in the mixture are the bananas, brown country sugar, honey, ghee and cardamom.
The prasadam was traditionally prepared by stomping on the ingredients, but the modern process is much more sanitized.
4/5The prasadam was traditionally prepared by stomping on the ingredients, but the modern process is much more sanitized.
Many devotees swear by the special panchamritham that has been used for the ritual bathing of the lord.
5/5Many devotees swear by the special panchamritham that has been used for the ritual bathing of the lord.
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