India is the gourmet’s delight. Her culinary art developed in the temple kitchen, where expert chefs prepare a diverse spectrum of foods, associated with Gods and noted for their nutritive value. Taste some of them and you’ll never be quite the same again.
Palani Panchamirtam is the oldest form of jam or fruit mix and preserves very well, even for months. And the saying is that ‘the olden it is, it tastes better’. The secret lies as much in the art of preparing it as in the quality of the fruit that is used as the basic ingredient. It is the small sized viruppachchi plantains which account for it, the reason being that they have very little water content. Incidentally, Viruppachchi is the name of a village (in the Palani Hills) where this particular variety of plantain is grown and marketed.
Crushed plantains apart, Panchamirtam consists of kandasari sugar from Kangeyam area, dates, kismis, sugar candy (kalkandu), cardamom and ghee in proper proportions: plantains 100 numbers; kandasani sugar 10 kgs.; dates 1 kg.; Sugar candy 500 giris.; kismis 500 giris.; ghee 250 giris.; cardamom 25 giris. The plantain is crushed fully. Sugar is then mixed with it. Seedless dates, sugar candy and kismis are added in the third stage. The last items to go into the preparation are cardamom and ghee.
Panchamirtam, collected after abhishekam, is not only a delicious and nourishing food; but also has astonishing properties which keep it in conditions suitable for consumption over a long period, without refrigeration. You are advised to buy all your requirements from the Devasthanam and to transfer the contents to your own containers for proper preservation. Interested persons may visit the Panchamirtam making kitchen in the Devasthanam’s choultry. The Devasthanam has now made arrangements to manufacture Panchamirtam by using electric utensils.
Vibhuti is a word that has several meanings in Hinduism. The word is found in other Indian languages in addition to Sanskrit. Vibhuti or Vibhooti refers to the paranormal powers that Patanjali claims that one can develop by the practices described in his book Yoga Sutras.
The statue of Sri dhandayuthapani Swami's Sculpture is made up of Sri Bhogar. He was one of the leading Siddhar among 18 - Siddhas . Sri Bhogar created this statue with help of 9 mixture of rare medicines like Lingam, Veeram, Pooram, Thaalagam, Manosilai, Gowri, Vellai Paasanam, Kandhagham, Kudhirai Pal Paasanam or Rasasendhooram which is shortly called as "Navapaashanam".
Everyday after Raakkale(night) Pooja, a very pure sandal paste will be applied to the chest of Navapaashanam statue. The next day after opening the temple, the sandal from the statue will be taken off.
After the Raakkale Pooja, the Ordinary sandal which is being applied to the navapaashanam statue, will remain throughout the night, so it is as per called as "Raakkale Sandal". This sandal is very powerful and contains highly medicinal substances.
In the early morning, after finishing the poojas, if eat this sandal for one mandalam(ie., 48 days), our body and mind will become pure and cure our diseases.