TEMPLE PRASADAMS OFFERED IN PLACES OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP :
It is the spiritual offerings to God. Prasad is made for “God”.
And in Hinduism, God is everyone. He is within everyone, within every thing, within every creature.
SO FEEDING “GOD” IS ACTUALLY FEEDING “EVERYBODY”. NO IDOL WOULD EAT THE FOOD, BUT PEOPLE WILL. It is for their belief that a presenting food in front of the idol is done.
Prasad are mild and sweet and less spicy. Because “everyone” also consists of children, and old people. Gods also love less spicy food.
The authority of cooking prasada for big festivals or big temples, is always given to the priest's family. The chief priests, highly trained in cooking Satvik Food (non spicy, non-ginger-garlic-onion, non oily, vegetarian meal), are given the responsibility for cooking for masses. Since they have a fear of God, they make sure the food is extremely hygienic. Thus in the temple kitchens, you will often find people covering their noses and mouth to prevent saliva transfer. They would wash rice and herbs and vegetables several times, they wouldn’t pick up food which fell on ground. They will keep the spice content as mild as possible. Only fresh ingredients are used.
It is therefore also advised to commoners, to offer their first meal to God. Some families even today follow this tradition. They offer some morsels of food to fire, and only then they would taste their food. Those who follow this “divine” tradition of prasadam, they rarely fall sick. They would be eating healthy food everyday.
Also this tradition ensures that people, despite of their disbelief in God, can always feel secure at a temple. You never know who is going through a hard time. Maybe your offerings to “God” satisfy him in one of his human forms, who might be needing your help. This is a humanitarian system, a beautiful way of co-existing.
And when you do that, you end up achieving blessings….
WHAT A RICH PHILOSOPHY THE HINDUISM HAS .
Should that not be maintained to rest the total responsibility of the safety of PRASAD TO THE AUTHORITY OF COOKING PRASADA FOR BIG FESTIVALS OR BIG TEMPLES, IS ALWAYS GIVEN TO THE PRIEST'S FAMILY.
We can avoid such deaths , and illness as devotees PREPARE OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE KITCHEN TO BE SERVED IN THE HOLY PLACE. Earlier pesticide poisoning was added to the Prasad and 60 people died in Chamarajanagar as you open the attachment., near Mysore more
It must be banned if found to be cooked in unhygienic conditions by local municipal authorities and cases must be booked against them.Religion does not hold any authority.
Many temples are making a business out of this .
There is no need to serve food in temples on festival days in large numbers like Anna daanam.This is the reason for chances of food poisoning. more
' IRRESPECTIVE OF THE RELIGIOUS PLACE OR INSTITUTION, WHOEVER SERVING OR OFFERING SUCH PRASAD OR FOOD ITEMS TO THE PEOPLE MUST BE HELD STRICTLY LIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING QUALITY OF THE SAME TOO. ' more