Temple prasad changing with the times

Temple prasad changing with the times

The menu has also changed with changing times and ‘desi' items in the ‘prasad’ have been replaced by others, including the continental ones.

The change was visible on the occasion of the third ‘Bada Mangal’ (a 400-year-old traditional fair dedicated to Lord Hanuman organised on every Tuesday during the month of Jyestha as per the Hindu calender), when those holding the ‘bhandaras’ (organising feasts for the devotees) served a variety of items to devotees at Hanuman temples, instead of the traditional ‘laddoos’.

The devotees, who thronged Hanuman temples in the city on that day, had a ‘pleasant’ surprise when they were served hot vegetable ‘chow mein’ (noodles) and burgers and sandwiches and ice creams along with the traditional items at the ‘bhandaras’.

The places where these items were served witnessed more rush than those offering the traditional ‘prasad’. Obviously, the people liked the change.

“Look, the pandals have also changed... these days we see more lighting at the pandals...what is the harm if the menu for the prasad is also changed”, quipped Mayank, an office-bearer of a social outfit, which had organised a ‘bhandara’ in a city locality where it served burgers to the devotees.

However, the devotees were divided on the issue. While some welcomed the change, some others felt that it tantamount to ‘disrespect’ to the gods. “Traditional prasad only should be served and not burgers,” said Bhola Nath, a devotee.

Devotees and priests may have different opinions. But, no one knows if the god liked it or not.

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