Palani panchamirtham granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag

Question: The famous Palani panchamirtham which has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag is given as prasadam at which temple?
(a) Murugan temple
(b) Brihadeeswara Temple
(c) Somnath Temple
(d) Siddhivinayak Temple
Answer :(a)
Related facts:

  • In a first of its kind, the famous Palani panchamirtham, given as ‘prasadam’ at Dhandayuthapani Swamy (Palani Murugan) temple in Tamil Nadu,has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • The panchamirtham is a combination of five natural substances — banana, jaggery, cow ghee, honey and cardamom. Dates and diamond sugar candies are added for flavour.

The Panchamirtham:

  • It is an ‘abhishega prasadam’ (food that is a religious offering), which is served in a semi-solid state.
  • It is sweet in taste and one of the main offerings for Lord Dhandayuthapani Swamy, the presiding deity of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, situated on Palani Hills.
  • Not even a single drop of water is added during the preparation of the panchamirtham. This gives it its classic semi-solid consistency and taste.

Links:
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/tamil-nadu-s-palani-panchamirtham-prasadam-given-gi-tag-107226
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/panchamirtham-of-palani-temple-gets-gi-tag/article29089343.ece
https://www.thequint.com/news/india/gi-tag-granted-to-religious-food-offering-of-temple-in-tamil-nadu

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