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Prasad is food prepared for Deity

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Is the Prasada / Nirmalya of Shiva impure and leads to hell?

Padma purana Uttara khanda Chapter 255 mentions the following - 98-101. Therefore, brāhmaṇas should always eat the remnants of the food offered to Viṣṇu. The remnants (of food offered to other gods) ...
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Origin of Aravana Payasam

Aravana Payasam is served as a prasadam in Sabarimala. How did this come to be one of the most important offerings to Ayyappa?
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Can we eat vishvaksena prasadam?

In the Pancharatra Samhitas (Ishvara samhita and some others), it is explicitly stated that we should not eat food offered to Vishvaksena because it will trouble the lives of those who eat it. I know ...
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What "bhog" could we give to various Deities if we dont want to give sweets always

We want to reduce our sugar intake, so we are looking for alternative food items that various Gods like. For Lakshmi and Narayan atleast to begin with. Hoping someone here could help with some ...
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Are plantains sattvic?

According to Hari Bhakti Vilasa 8.158 「 What Is Inedible (For the Purpose of Offering to the Lord) In the Kurma Purana it is said: "One should avoid eggplant, plantain, safflower, ashmantaka, ...
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Who are eligible to eat the Prasad?

The food offered to God is called Naivedya while the sacred food sanctified and returned by God as a blessing is called Prasada So who all can have the Prasad, Can someone who had non-veg eat it? Can ...
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Tasting food (prasad) before offering to God?

When people prepare a food like halwa and offer it to God before being distributed to other people as Prasad, is it alright to taste the food before being offered to God? How does one know the food ...
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What does the priest say when offering prasad?

I understand that the prasad is offered 6 times and the priest says something each time. It sounds like: Om Apanaaya Swahaa, Om Udanaaya Swahaa, ..., ..., ..., Om Bramhane Swahaa. Can someone give ...
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Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam?

Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam? Is it possible for Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas to eat meat?
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Why should prasad offered to a shivling not be consumed?

I have heard from a few sources that the Prasad offered to Shivling should not be consumed by us. On searching stackexchange I found this post "Can devotees drink Abhishekam water" which talks about ...
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Sanskrit Names of Naivedyams [closed]

I was searching for Sanskrit names of various naivedyams offered in our rituals (in all regions and traditions) like pulihora, chakra pongali, and various fruits and juices etc. Is there any book that ...
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What to chant before taking and consuming prasad?

What to chant before taking and consuming prasad from anyone for any god ... is there a common mantra or thank you shloka ?
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What if by mistake prasad is discarded by someone?

Wanted to know what if by mistake prasad is discarded by someone who is not aware of it ? What to do in that case?
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Why do we people offer Prasad?

In Hinduism why do we people offer prasad after every sacred ceremony? Is it related to some ancient belief and has some logical benefits?
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If Krishna's favorite food was butter, why do temples offer sugar as prasadam?

I casually asked someone at a temple and they just smiled and said this is how it is. I almost wanted to ask "what will you offer if Krishna were to visit" but restrained myself.
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Why laddus are offered as prasadam to Lord Vishnu(i.e Lord Venkateswara) in Tirumala? Is there any reason or story behind this tradition.
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Why we do not keep Tulsi on Prasada offered to lord Ganpati?

Generally we keep leaves of Tulsi over Prasāda( SACRAMENT) we offer to Gods. But recently in Ganesh Festival our priest while doing pooja told us that "Tulsi is not offered to Lord ganesha, it is ...
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What is the significance of the right hand?

It is said that you should take prasadam with your right hand only. If you take it with your left hand, it is considered bad. Is there any reasoning for the significance of right hand in the Hindu ...
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