#Mahaprasad – The Divine Food #Puri by Sadguru Charitra ji
Mahaprasad is treated as ‘Anna Brahma’. The kitchen of #Jagannath #Temple, #Puri has got the capacity to cook for a crores of devotees on a day Called as the worlds biggest kitchen . Mahaprasad is cooked only in earthern pots and on hearths. The steam-cooked food is offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to Goddess Bimala after which it becomes Mahaprasad. This Mahaprasad is partaken by people of all caste and creed without any discrimination. The items offered include cooked rice, dal, vegetable curry, sweet-dishes, cakes etc. Dry confectionaries are prepared of sugar, jaggery, wheat flour, ghee, milk etc. When the steam-cooked food is carried to Lord in slings of earthern pots no flavour comes up from the food but when the same is carried back to the sale point after being offered to the Lord a delicious smell spells along in the breeze to the pleasant surprise of the devotees. Now the food is blessed.
Mahaprasad consolidates human bond, sanctifies sacraments and grooms the departing soul for its journey upwards. Mahaprasads are sold in Anand Bazar of the temple which is situated on the northeastern corner of the outer enclosure of the temple. It is the worlds biggest open-air hotel in the world where every day thousands of devotees purchase and eat together forgetting their caste, creed and status. Most of the residents in and around Puri depend upon this Mahaprasad to entertain their guests during social functions such as threading and weddings. The tourists prefer to carry a particular type of dry Mahaprasad known as Khaja (made of maida, sugar and ghee which stay fresh for days together. Dried rice Mahaprasad known as “Nirmalya” is also used by devotees and tourists for different sacred occasions.