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    The most preferable naivedyam for various gods -- wow, this is an interesting topic!

    I do not know too much, going by what is served during naivedya for gods during festival times, I am inclined to think that Sri Rama likes Panaka, watery buttermilk, Sri Krishna likes buttery sweets and savories like Murukku, Seedai, Laddu, and Sri Narasimha Deva likes Puliyodharai, Sarkarai Pongal, Panakam, etc. I'm just guessing about Sri Narasimha Swami because I know that there is a 'Panaka Narasimha Swami' in Ahobilam 9-Narasimha sthala who is offered naivedya of 'Panakam' (Jaggery water) everyday!

    A little while ago there was an interesting post in FB about different naivedyam offered in various temples. It was in tamil. If interested, I can post or PM it.
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    Namaste ji,
    Quote Originally Posted by Viraja View Post
    The most preferable naivedyam for various gods -- wow, this is an interesting topic!
    Definitely!
    Sri Narasimha Deva likes Puliyodharai, Sarkarai Pongal, Panakam, etc. I'm just guessing about Sri Narasimha Swami because I know that there is a 'Panaka Narasimha Swami' in Ahobilam 9-Narasimha sthala who is offered naivedya of 'Panakam' (Jaggery water) everyday!
    Sri Narasimhaswami Mandir in Namakkal offers Sarkarai Pongal prasad regularly. We went with a friend who had been many times and who explained to us. Your guess seems spot on, Virajaji.
    Prasad from Mahakaaleshwar was sweet chirongi. Apparently, prasad offered there is allowed to be offered again, at home or other Lingam.
    Prasad from Kaal Bhairav is flowers and fruit - you offer whiskey to the deity but don't take any as prasad.
    A little while ago there was an interesting post in FB about different naivedyam offered in various temples. It was in tamil. If interested, I can post or PM it.
    Very interesting! if you have the time would you be willing to translate?

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    Here goes, Aanandinii ji!

    எந்தெந்த கோயில்களில் என்னென்ன பிரசாதங்கள் வழங்கப்படுகின்றன?

    Which naivedyam is offered in which temple?

    * ஸ்ரீரங்கம் ரங்கநாதர் ஆலயத்தில் ரங்கநாதருக்கு தேங்காய்த் துருவலும் துலுக்க நாச்சியாருக்கு ரொட்டி, வெண்ணெய், கீரையும் நிவேதனமாகப் படைக்கப்படுகிறது. தினமும் இரவில் அரவணை பிரசாதமும் உண்டு.

    - In SriRangam Ranganathaswamy Temple, to Sri Ranganatha, shredded coconut is offered as naivedya. For Thulukka Nachiyar, Roti (as in Chapathi), butter and Spinach are offered as Prasadam. In the night, 'Aravanai' (a sweet preparation like Sarkarai Pongal) is also offered.

    * திருவாரூர் தியாகராஜப் பெருமானுக்கு நெய்யில் பொறிக்கப்பட்ட முறுக்கு தினசரி பிரசாதம்.

    - In Tiruvarur temple, Swami Thiagaraja is offered 'Murukku' (a savory dish) that is made in Ghee as daily Prasad.


    * திருக்கண்ணபுரம் சௌரிராஜப் பெருமாளுக்கு தினமும் இரவில் முனியோதரயன் பொங்கல் எனும் அமுது செய்விக்கப்படுகிறது.

    - Thirukkannapuram Sri Souriraja Perumal is offered daily night a rice preparation called 'Muniyodarayan Pongal'.


    * காஞ்சிபுரம் வரதராஜப் பெருமாளுக்கு சுக்கு, மிளகு, கறிவேப்பி லை மணத்துடன் கூடிய காஞ்சிபுரம் இட்லிதான் முதல் நைவேத்யம்.

    - In Kanchipuram, Sri Varadaraja Swami is offered 'Kanchipuram Idli' that is seasoned with dry Ginger, Pepper and Curry leaves.


    * திருப்பதி வெங்கடாஜலபதிக்கு விதவிதமான பிரசாதங்கள் செய்ய ப்பட்டாலும் குலசேகரன்படியைத் தாண்டி மண் சட்டியில் நிவேதிக் கப்படுவது தயிர்சாதம் மட்டுமே.

    -- Eventhough Tirupathi Sri Venkatachalapathi is offered a variety of prasad, once crossing the 'Kulasekaran Step', the only food that is offered in a mud pot is 'Curd rice' alone.


    * கேரள மாநிலம் கொட்டாரக்கராவில் விநாயகப் பெருமானுக்கு சுடச்சுட நெய்யப்பம் செய்து நிவேதித்துக் கொண்டே இருக்கின்றன ர். உதயம் முதல் அஸ்தமனம் வரை அப்பம் ஏற்கும் கணபதி இவர்.

    -- In Kerala Kottaarakkara, Lord Sri Vinayaka is offered steaming hot 'Neyyappam' prepared in Ghee -- and offered from Sunrise till Sunset.

    * ஸ்ரீமுஷ்ணம் பூவராக மூர்த்திக்கு தினமும் அபிஷேகத்திற்குப் பிற கு முக்தாபி சூரணம் எனும் மகா பிரசாதம் நிவேதனம் செய்யப்படு கிறது. இந்த பிரசாதம் நோய்களை தீர்க்கும் மருந்தாகக் கருதப்படுகி றது.

    - Srimushnam Sri Bhoovaraha Murthy is daily offered a mahaprasadam called 'Mukthaabi Soornam' after daily abhishekam. This prasadam is considered to have medicinal value.

    * கேரளம், திருவிழா மகாதேவர் ஆலயத்தில் மூலிகைகளைச் சாறு பிழிந்து பாலுடன் கலந்து ஈசனுக்கு நிவேதனம் செய்து பின் பக்தர்க ளுக்குப் பிரசாதமாக அளிக்கின்றனர். இந்த பால் வயிற்றுக் கோளா றுகளைத் தீர்க்கிறது.

    -- In Kerala, Thiruvizha Mahadevar temple, essences extracted from medicinal herbs are mixed with milk and offered to Lord Shiva, and then offered as prasadam to the devotees -- this prasadam is considered to cure stomach ailments.

    * நவகிரக, சுக்கிர தலமான கஞ்சனூரில் அன்னாபிஷேகத்தின் போது சுரைக்காய் பிரசாதம் படைக்கப்படுகிறது.

    -- In one of the navagraha sthala for Sukra (Tanjavur), during 'Annabhishekam' (abhishekam with White rice), bottle gourd is offered.



    * மதுரை மீனாட்சியம்மன் ஆலயத்தில் காலையில் ஞானப்பால் பிரசாதமும் இரவில் பள்ளியறையின்போது கமகமக்கும் சுண்டலும் பாலும் நிவேதனம் செய்யப்படுகின்றன.

    -- In Madurai Meenakshiamman Temple, in the morning, 'Gnanappaal' (Milk) is offered and in the night, at bedtime, Sundal and milk are offered. (I think 'Gnanappaal' simply means milk pudding).

    * கொல்லூர் மூகாம்பிகைக்கு இரவு அர்த்தஜாமபூஜையின்போது சுக்கு, மிளகு, திப்பிலி, ஏலம், லவங்கம், சர்க்கரை சேர்த்து தயாரிக்கப்படும் மணமிக்க கஷாயம் பிரசாதமாகத் தரப்படுகிறது.

    - For Kollur Mookambika, during 'Arthajaama puja' in the night (this takes place in the midnight), a 'kashaayam' (an extract prepared from various spices) made of dry Ginger, Pepper, Long Pepper, Elaichi, Lavang and Sugar is offered and then distributed as Prasadam.

    * நெல்லையில் உள்ள புட்டாத்தி அம்மன் ஆலயத்தில் அரிசி, வெல்லம், ஏலக்காய் சேர்த்துத் தயாரிக்கப்படும் புட்டுதான் பிரசாதம்.

    -- In Thirunelveli, Puttathi Amman Temple, 'Puttu' (a sweet preparation) made of Rice, Jaggery and Elaichi cloves is offered as prasadam.

    * கேரளம், குருவாயூரில் குருவாயூரப்பனுக்கு சுண்டக்காய்ச்சிய பால் பாயசம் பிரசாதமாக செய்யப்படுகிறது.

    -- In Kerala, Guruvayur, Guruvayurappan is offered nicely boiled milk as naivedyam.

    * திருச்சியில் கோயிலடி அப்பக்குடத்தானுக்கு தினமும் அப்பம் நிவேதனம் செய்யப்படுகிறது.

    -- In Trichi, Koiladi Appakkudatthaan is offered 'appam' (a sweet preparation made of jaggery) daily.

    * கேரளம், இரிஞ்சாலக்குடாவில் பரதன் ஆலயத்தில், கத்தரிக்காயா ல் தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட வழுதனங்கா எனும் நைவேத்தியம் செய்யப்படுகி றது. செம்பை வைத்யநாத பாகவதர் இந்தப் பிரசாதம் உண்டு தன் வயிற்று நோய் தீர்ந்ததாக எழுதிய கடிதம் ஆலயத்தில் காட்சியாக வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

    -- In Kerala Irinjalanguda Bharata Temple, a preparation called 'Vazhuthananga' made of Eggplant (Brinjal) is offered. A handwritten note from Sembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar stating that his stomach ailment got relieved after taking this prasad is kept for everyone's view in this temple.

    * குற்றாலம் குற்றாலநாதருக்கும் குழல்வாய்மொழி அம்மைக்கும் நாள்தோறும் சுக்கு, மிளகு சேர்த்த கஷாயம் படைக்கப்படுகிறது. அருவியால், அவருக்கு தலைவலியும் ஜலதோஷமும் வராமல் இருக்க இந்த ஐதீகம்.

    -- In Kutralam (TN, India), Sri Kutralanatha and Kuzhavaimozhi Ammai are daily offered kashayam made from dry Ginger, and Pepper. The legend has it that this preparation will make sure the Lord does not get headache and catch cold from the waterfalls nearby!


    * முழு உளுந்தை ஊறவைத்து பச்சரிசி மாவுடன் மிளகு, சீரகம் சேர் த்து நெய் ஊற்றித் தயாரிக்கப்படும் தோசை, மதுரை அழகர் கோயி லின் பிரதான பிரசாதம்.

    -- In Madurai Azhagar Koil, 'Dosa' prepared with grinding Urad dhal (whole), raw rice along with pepper and jeera and toasted in Ghee is offered as main prasad.


    * திருநெல்வேலி பூமாதேவி அம்மன் ஆலயத்தில் தமிழ் மாதக் கடை சி வெள்ளியன்று கூட்டாஞ்சோறும்
    சர்க்கரைப்பொங்கலும் நிவேத னம் செய்வர். துவரம்பருப்பு, அரிசி, காய்கறிகள் எல்லாம் சேர்த்து தேங்காய் அரைத்து விட்டு தயாரிக்கப்படுவதுதான் கூட்டாஞ்சோறு.

    -- In Tirunelveli Bhoomadevi temple, on each last Fridays of Tamil months, 'Koottaanchoru' and Sarkarai Pongal are offered. 'Koottaanchoru' means rice prepared along with Thur dhal, and vegetables in a mix along with ground coconuts.

    * சிதம்பரம் நடராஜப் பெருமானுக்கு கிச்சடி சம்பா சாதமும் சிதம்பரம் கொத்சும் சிறப்பான நிவேதனங்கள்.

    -- In Chidambaram, for Sri Nataraja, White Kichadi Chamba rice and Chidambaram 'Kotsu' are offered as special nivedanam.

    Courtesy: Indira Srinivasan | Tambras
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aanandinii View Post
    Prasad from Mahakaaleshwar was sweet chirongi. Apparently, prasad offered there is allowed to be offered again, at home or other Lingam.
    Prasad from Kaal Bhairav is flowers and fruit - you offer whiskey to the deity but don't take any as prasad.
    Thank you for this interesting news, Aanandinii ji!
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    Wonderfully delicious. Thanks everyone for the information.

    My GopAL loves dahI-pohe --- flat rice flakes mixed with non-sour fresh curd whisked, with a dash of sugar no salt. Along with mAkhan-mishrI (fresh white home-made butter with sugar-crystal-rock-candy). It is hard to make mAkhan out of cow milk so I would just replace with the top-layer creamy freshly set dahI. Creamy enough. A sweet secret : ShyAmsundar likes white ravaa ladoos. (Many years ago He asked me to distribute white ravA laddoos. They looked white.)
    Other than that, milk-sweets, laddoo, and any non-spicy, pleasant, sAttvic savories and sweets, yogurt and kaDhI based dishes, all else not too spicy, hot,sweet,sour, dry, rUksha, and overall pleasing. All topped with tulasi leaf

    RAdhArANi's favourite --- rose lassi , sukA mewA (dried fruit and nuts) , and of course MAdhava-chandan-fragrance in the air, and the sweet nectar rasa called Govinda-prema ~
    ----
    In a temple in Lucknow, my Govinda MAdhav eats mAkhan mishri flavoured with keshar(saffron) in summer and khas in winter.

    GaNesh: modak, laddoo, fruit, coconut, sweets -- modak-shaped peDhA, burfi ...

    DEVI -- When Gauris (2 - Gauri and sister/friend both called Gauri) come "home" to parents around GaNesh festival a few days after GaNesh chaturthi, they are given a grand welcome and offered a nice delicious elaborate menu for lunch/dinner for as long as they are visiting -- then they leave -- GaurI-visarjan just like Ganapati visarjan.

    Durga Devi / Gauri likes slightly rAjasik food -- e.g. pickle is served in Her plate. Moderately spicy veggies, daals, legumes (usaL), fried and baked sweets like karanji et al
    In navrAtrI also, people serve Devi Ma a special or simple something -- sweet puris , sweet jaggery dosas, rajgira vaDi, channa-grams, jaggery, sugared-milk or fruit

    HanumAn -- guD (jaggery) and motichur laddoos

    Shiva -- milk and fruits, Bel leaves

    BAlAjI - Venkateshwara -- Giant atta-besan laddoo (motichur like), pongals

    NArAyaNa - VishNu tattva -- banana halwa (shirA) made of semolina (also for RAm navamI) , sugar and ghee, topped with tulasi leaf, rice - plain daal topped with ghee, grated coconut, cucumber raita , puri - sabji - all topped with tulasi leaf and very sAttvic

    Of course, no onion garlic on naivedya

    As we can tell, the naivedya will vary with regional culture and tradition too. e.g. In Maharashtra, it is puraN-poLI - a holi special. More murukkus, pongal and coconut in the south, more whole coconut in central region, more fried and milk sweets or kachoris in the north.


    RAm, I will be back with alternatives for VishNu SahasranAma.

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    jagad-hitAya kRushNaya govindAya namo namah:
    Last edited by smaranam; 26 March 2015 at 10:40 PM.

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    Namaste ji,

    Thanks so much to you both, Virajaji and Smaranamji. Such wonderful new ideas for all occasions! I don't usually enjoy cooking myself, but I find it much fun to prepare naivedyam offerings. I must admit, all the good foods on here are also making me a little hungry.
    Quote Originally Posted by smaranam View Post
    As we can tell, the naivedya will vary with regional culture and tradition too. e.g. In Maharashtra, it is puraN-poLI - a holi special. More murukkus, pongal and coconut in the south, more whole coconut in central region, more fried and milk sweets or kachoris in the north.
    Generally for Festival Holidays we try and make traditional foods if we can find what to make, but at home for our altar I tend to keep it simple and stick to dairy (home-made curd, ghee and locally bought milk and cream) and locally available fruits.

    It may be me, but I get an extra nice feeling offering berries with curd and juice, especially in summer when I can go pick them wild. Sri Ganesha seems to enjoy raspberries and strawberries, Mata Di seems to also like those and Blackberries, and Sri Shiva and Sri Murugan give me the feeling they like Loganberries, Blackberries and Blueberries. There are other local berries I haven't tried, and if I can find them I hope to try offering. I've also gotten a happy response across the board from Starfruit and Kiwi. On the other hand, not so much of a reaction offering Oranges, Apples or Pears, and Bananas seem in between. These things may be non-traditional, but we have to work with what we have regionally, as you point out Smaranamji.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viraja View Post
    The most preferable naivedyam for various gods -- wow, this is an interesting topic!

    I do not know too much, going by what is served during naivedya for gods during festival times, I am inclined to think that Sri Rama likes Panaka, watery buttermilk, Sri Krishna likes buttery sweets and savories like Murukku, Seedai, Laddu, and Sri Narasimha Deva likes Puliyodharai, Sarkarai Pongal, Panakam, etc. I'm just guessing about Sri Narasimha Swami because I know that there is a 'Panaka Narasimha Swami' in Ahobilam 9-Narasimha sthala who is offered naivedya of 'Panakam' (Jaggery water) everyday!

    A little while ago there was an interesting post in FB about different naivedyam offered in various temples. It was in tamil. If interested, I can post or PM it.
    Namaste Viraja Ji,

    Your guess about Pan
    aka is actually right.

    Sri Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple,Mangalagiri.




    One of the amazing things to notice in Panakala Narasimha Swami temple is that when the "archakas" (or the priests) offer Panakam (jaggery water) with a conch to the Lord, a gargling sound is clearly audible. The voice rises to a high pitch and then lessens towards the end of the offering.

    It is a regular practice in the temple to offer beverage made of jaggery and water as Naivedya. To fulfil the vows devotees offer this beverage and Lord glady accepts the Panaka Puja. The pecularlity of the above offering is that He receives it whole-heartedly and drinks to his satisfaction by a strange gurgling sound while pouring the beverage in his mouth. Half of the quantity of the beverage again comes out of his mouth which is distributed as prasad. Another strange fact one could experience here is the absence of flies or insects of any kind. Though jaggery brought for making "Panakam" is found in abundance in Garbhagriha one could notice that there is no passage for this huge quantity of beverage to let it out. Nobody knows where and how the Panakam goes leaving the entire area always dry and hot.


    Interesting things to note are, only half the quantity of Panakam offered to God goes inside the mouth while the remaining spills out and not even a single ant can be traced though a large quantity of jaggery water is offered.



    My mother likes Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple a lot.She visited this temple in Mangalagiri and said there are three temples of Sri Narasimha here.

    Viraja Ji,thank you so much for the article on various temple Naivedyas.
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    Namaste Smaranam Ji,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed information.

    In which place is the 2-Gauri Festival celebrated?

    For Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy in Tirumala,every week a special puja called as Tiruppavada is conducted.

    On Thursdays,Thiruppavada Seva is performed in the Mantapam in front of the Bangaru Vakili(Telugu:Area in front of the sanctum covered in gold) and Annakutotsavam (where heaps of tamarind rice is poured) is performed around 5:30AM..

    A famous Huge, Wide “Naamam” (a decoration with perfumed camphor paste around the forehead) embellishes Sri Venkateshwara.

    A gigantic amount of cooked Tamarind spiced rice (Pulihora) is emptied on a gold covered tray (Size about 6 ft X 4 ft) and located straight in front of The Lord.



    The cooked rice is piled up in Mukha mantapam in Tirumamani mantapam to take definite customary pyramidal trapezoid shape and the delicacies are deposited thereon with coconuts, flowers, sandal paste, kumkum, deepam and are offered to the Lord with suitable mantras.

    Amid reciting of Mantras, The wide Naamam is stripped off and a thin Naamam is decked on His forehead just to cover up the space connecting His eyebrows. When this happens, it is supposed that The Lord’s first stare after “opening” His Eyes (because they were covered by The Naamam) should NOT fall on mortals, because it has so much authority. Instead, it is made to fall on the mass of “Pulihora” directly in front of Him, thereby blessing it and plummeting the intensity of His Gaze. The “Pulihora” therefore acts like a curtain (“Paavada” in Telugu/Tamil) shielding devotees from His Powerful Gaze.

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    Namaste Aanandinii Ji,

    Thanks for telling us about Sri Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlingam.
    He dances in the golden hall of Chidambaram, Let us worship His rosy anklet girt Feet.

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    Namaste RAmji

    The 2-Gauri (called Gauri -- plural, Gaur - singular "GaurI AlyA" in MarAthi = The Gauris have arrived ) is a festival found all over Maharashtra. I am sure it spreads across borders to Konkan-Goa and Belgaon-Karnataka.

    In Maharastra the big festival is Gauri-GaNapati. Several families have GaurI visiting their homes over generations. Then there is GaurI visarjan (2.5 days or so later). For some households, GaurI and Ganapati visarjan (farewell) is done on the same day.
    Since this is at the home family and generation level it is not well - known outside Maharashtra unlike GaNesh festival and Chaturthi which is also at the community & city levels thanks to LokmAnya Tilak, and at state level -- due to the popular media.

    While NavarAtrI is more about DurgA (and all forms really of ShaktI) GaurI in Bhadrapad is for the saumya PArvatI, mother of Ganesh and Skanda, consort of Shiva, a,k.a GaurI (fondly called GaurA in the north)


    yA devI sarva-bhUteshu vishNu-mAyeti shabditA
    namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah:

    sarva mangalya mAngalye shive sarvArtha sAdhike
    sharaNye triyambike gaurI nArAyaNi namostute


    P.S. Dear Anandiniji, I am sure your IshTa likes your New-England berries, kiwis and fresh cream just as much as you say. Naturally growing local fruit. What to speak of delightful leelas around naivedya and prasAda ~

    P.P.S. Dear Virajaji, I can guess why Shri RAma is offered jaggery-water (guD-pAni or guL-pANi in Marathi) and NRsimha offered buttermilk -- because when He was under vanavAs (forest days) , after a long day He would be back home and Sita would offer Him guDa-pAni the first thing, so must all the Rushi muni whose Ashrams and huts He visited. Here is why : In the heat when you are out for long, you have to get hydrated with the water and the body needs sugar -- carbs (no food). RAma was quite austere, He ate kanda-mULa (roots) and Sita, LakshmaNa followed suit. In the villages in Maharashtra even today, especially among the farmers, you will see this tradition of offering GuL-pANI to a guest who typically had a long journey in the heat (many times on foot). As for NRsimha Deva what better offering than sAttvik cool buttermilk after His mission was accomplished! I could easily finish a pint or two simply after being out in the hot sun.
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    Dear Ram ji,

    You seem to know so much about temples! Your knowledge is quite profound!

    I wish to ask you -- is it true that in one of the 9 Narasimha temples in Ahobilam, Sri Narasimha is actually offered meat in one of the days? Or is it a false info?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smaranam View Post

    P.P.S. Dear Virajaji, I can guess why Shri RAma is offered jaggery-water (guD-pAni or guL-pANi in Marathi) and NRsimha offered buttermilk -- because when He was under vanavAs (forest days) , after a long day He would be back home and Sita would offer Him guDa-pAni the first thing, so must all the Rushi muni whose Ashrams and huts He visited. Here is why : In the heat when you are out for long, you have to get hydrated with the water and the body needs sugar -- carbs (no food). RAma was quite austere, He ate kanda-mULa (roots) and Sita, LakshmaNa followed suit. In the villages in Maharashtra even today, especially among the farmers, you will see this tradition of offering GuL-pANI to a guest who typically had a long journey in the heat (many times on foot). As for NRsimha Deva what better offering than sAttvik cool buttermilk after His mission was accomplished! I could easily finish a pint or two simply after being out in the hot sun.
    That must be it! Smaranam ji, you sound quite exactly right regarding offering of Panakam and Buttermilk for Sri Rama! I also think that Sri Rama, even though was a Chakravarthy's son and Chakravarthy himself, was very simple and thus very simple offerings symbolically represent this aspect of the Lord.

    Whereas anything concerning Sri Krishna is very grand - for Janmashtami (and Diwali when Sri Krishna triumphed over Narakasura) we prepare so many sweets and savories. I think this is because Sri Krishna as a child used to love butter and most of these dishes are prepared with butter!
    jai hanuman gyan gun sagar jai kapis tihu lok ujagar

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